Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) will be opening a new hotel in the Malaysian capital, the Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre, in 2021 following a management agreement IHG signed today with Yuk Tung Properties Sdn. Bhd.

IHG’s new property is specifically targeting business travellers with its central business district location and facilities. The Crowne Plaza will be located along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, a road with numerous restaurants and embassies within walking distance of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, home to the city’s Petronas Twin Towers. Guests will also have access to a business centre and seven meetings and events spaces within the hotel.

“With the AEC [Asean Economic Community] coming together we see greater opportunities for intra-regional travel,” said Leanne Harwood, vice president operations, South East Asia and Korea at IHG. “Coupled with the launch of the High Speed Rail linking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in 2026, we’re confident the city will welcome even more visitors in the coming years.

“The opening of Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre will help cater to the influx of business travellers coming in from all over Asia and we are delighted to partner with Yuk Tung Properties to bring the Crowne Plaza brand into Kuala Lumpur.”

In addition to offering 338 rooms, the hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a number of “specialty restaurants” and a Sky Bar. Meanwhile an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre make up the leisure facilities so far announced for the new property.

The announcement of a new Kuala Lumpur Crowne Plaza follows the opening of IHG’s debut Laos hotel, the Crowne Plaza Vientiane earlier this month.