IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Swornim Hotel Pokhara for Holiday Inn Express Pokhra Lakeside, in Nepal.

Scheduled to be operational by the first quarter of 2025, the 110-key hotel will be at a convenient distance of six km from the upcoming international airport of Pokhara and 2.5 km distance from the domestic airport.

Its strategic location close to the city’s main tourist hub, ‘Lakeside’ and proximity to commercial establishments, makes it an ideal destination for both leisure and corporate travellers.

Holiday Inn Express Pokhara Lakeside will feature well-equipped guestrooms offering a scenic view of the lake and Annapurna mountain range. Additionally, the hotel will offer a ‘Great Room’, a bar, and a lounge for guests to relax and unwind.

Other facilities will include a fitness room, two meeting rooms, and signature amenities.

Sudeep Jain, managing director, southwest Asia, IHG said:

“We are delighted to partner with Swornim Hotel Pokhara for our new hotel in Nepal. This signing presents a great business opportunity for us as Pokhara has emerged as an attractive travel destination and also creates a wider distribution across Nepal by offering quality hospitality options in key cities.

“We also believe that the upcoming international airport in Pokhara will allow for increased inbound tourism, further elevating the demand for quality accommodation.”

Surya Prasad Shrestha, chairman, Swornim Hotel Pokhara added:

“We are thrilled to be working with a trusted hospitality player like IHG once again to expand our hospitality portfolio in Nepal. The hotel’s offerings and location will allow for a great experience for both leisure and corporate guests.

“Additionally, Holiday Inn Express is a strong and well-recognised hospitality brand name globally and we have complete confidence in its success in Nepal, powered by IHG’s experience and expertise in the region, this is our second brand signing and we look forward to many more.”

Currently, IHG has four hotels under development across the Holiday Inn brand in Nepal and this latest signing is expected to further “strengthen the company’s mainstream portfolio in the tourism capital of the country.”