IHG Hotels and Resorts is to open five properties on France’s coastline by next year, across its Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo brands.

The 77-room Holiday Inn Express Arcachon-La Teste recently opened in Arcachon Bay on France’s South West coast, and will be followed by the 87-room Hotel Indigo Cagnes-sur-Mer next month.

Further ahead the 71-room Holiday Inn Express Ajaccio is scheduled to open in spring 2022 on the French island of Corsica, and the new Staybridge Suites Cannes Centre is set to open in mid-2022, situated around a five-minute walk from Cannes’ Palais des Festivals.

Finally the Crowne Plaza Marseille Le Dôme is also expected to open next year, and will offer 147 rooms and an on-site restaurant.

This summer the group also opened the dual-branded Crowne Plaza Nice Grand Arenas and Holiday Inn Express Nice Grand Arenas,  located in the city’s Éco-Vallée business district, a five-minute tram ride from Nice Côte d’Azur airport, and around ten minutes from Nice city centre.

IHG opens dual-branded property in Nice

Willemijn Geels, vice president development Europe at IHG Hotels and Resorts, said that the new signings “reflects the cautious optimism we at IHG Hotels and Resorts have for Europe’s recovery”.

“France is a crucial market for us and the focus on its beautiful coastal region is an intentional step to grow our brands out of the cities and hubs, to regional settings where we can provide best-in-class properties for our guests,” said Geels.

“Together with our owners and developers, we are continually seeking to mindfully expand our brands and invite more guests to experience the world with IHG Hotels and Resorts. We look forward to welcoming our IHG Reward members, repeat guests and new visitors to our new properties in France when they open throughout 2022.”

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Kenneth Macpherson of IHG on sustainable hotels and the return of business travel