InterConti adds second in Kazakhstan

14th Sep 2006

InterContinental Hotels
Group has announced that it will be increasing its
presence in Kazakhstan with the opening of a second InterContinental
hotel in Almaty.
Joining the InterContinental Astana, the
InterContinental Almatywill bring the total number of IHG hotel rooms
in Kazakhstan to nearly 600.

The InterContinental Almaty, a 290 room hotel, is set to convert in October this year, following an agreement recently signed between Ayt-Otel (Ahsel Holding) and IHG.  Under this agreement, the former Regent Almaty Hotel, a well known landmark within the city center, will undergo a substantial refurbishment as it converts into the new InterContinental Almaty.  Scheduled renovations will take place to bring the property up to InterContinental brand standards, including the refurbishing of meeting and event space, lobby and bars, and the addition of 15 new suites.

Jennifer Fox, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Brand Europe commented, “The InterContinental Almaty will strengthen our position in Kazakhstan and complement the InterContinental Astana already successfully operating in the country. With so much international business coming into this region, we are looking forward to offering travelers luxurious facilities and our unique guest service philosophy.”

Alper Can Bulcum, who will continue as the General Director of the hotel, bringing a wealth of experience from international luxury hotels, added, “With more and more international competition looking to move into the city, we look forward to securing a lead position in the city with the globally renowned InterContinental brand.”

Commanding a prestigious location, opposite the Presidential Palace, with stunning views of the mountains surrounding the city, the InterContinental Almaty will offer extraordinary accommodations and will serve as an ideal base for the increasing number of international travelers visiting Kazakhstan.


The InterContinental Almaty will feature nine executive and two Presidential suites; a grand ball room (hosting up to 400 guests); two large meeting rooms (hosting up to 120 guests); and a spa with an indoor pool, Turkish bath and saunas, outdoor tennis courts, and a fully equipped gym.  The hotel will also offer a variety of dining experiences, including the rooftop Belvedere Grill Room, the Bosphorus Turkish restaurant, the Asian Café, an outdoor Tennis bar (during summer), and a Members Bar.

Kazakhstan has undergone rapid development resulting from rich oil, gas and mineral reserves.  Almaty is now the economic heart of the country, attracting business from around the world.  These recent developments have lead to an increase in demand for international branded guest rooms and top-of-the-line meeting and conference space and facilities.

InterContinental has also been nominated this year for a


World Travel Award as World’s Leading Hotel Brand.



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