IHG Hotels and Resorts has announced plans for the fifth property under its premium voco brand in India, and the first in the north Indian state of Punjab.

Voco Amritsar Airport will be located close to the city’s Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International airport, and is scheduled to open in December 2024.

The new hotel will offer 139 rooms, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, spa facilities, a fitness centre, three F&B venues and 805 sqm of meeting space including a ballroom.

Voco Amritsar Airport joins recent signings for the brand in the Indian destinations of Jim Corbett, Gurugram, Mumbai, and Goa.

IHG’s Indian portfolio currently comprises 45 hotels across its Six Senses, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Express brands, with a further 45 properties scheduled to open in the next three to five years.

IHG launched the voco brand in 2018, with the first property opening on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The group recently outlined plans to grow the brand across Europe, with forthcoming openings in the Algarve, Belfast, Exeter, Hertfordshire and Granada.

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Commenting on the news Sudeep Jain, managing director, South West Asia, IHG Hotels and Resorts, said:

“We are thrilled to expand our premium offering in India and partner with A.R Resorts & Hotels Pvt Ltd to debut the brand in Punjab. Amritsar is one of the prime tourist destinations in the Punjab belt and there is a constant demand for quality branded accommodations.

“We are confident that once opened, voco Amritsar airport will cater to the needs of discerning travellers seeking a modern and comfortable hospitality experience.

“We recognize the growing potential of secondary markets in India and are committed to strategically expand the presence of our global brands in partnership with the right partners in the country.”

Air India flies to Amritsar from Birmingham and London, having recently switched its Heathrow service to Gatwick.

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