InterContinental Hotels Group takes over Fiesta Resort Saipan

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INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group or IHG has signed a long-term agreement with Asia Pacific Hotels Inc. to take on the management of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan this month, Hotel Management magazine reported on Monday.

“The 416-room hotel will rebrand as Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan in 2022 following a refurbishment, before adding a 116-room extension by 2025,” the report stated.

“Alongside IHG’s October announcement that it has taken on management of the 318-room Fiesta Resort Guam, a hotel that will rebrand as a Crowne Plaza in 2021, the combined 850-room count makes the biggest ever conversion signing for IHG’s Australasia, Japan and Pacific Islands region,” the report added.

Hotel Management magazine said Fiesta Resort Saipan features six dining outlets and a club lounge, and also offers four meeting rooms, a 300-person ballroom, a gym, multiple swimming pools, retail area and a 500-meter beach frontage.

“We are honored to build on our relationship with Asia Pacific Hotels Inc as they put their trust in IHG to take on a another of their great hotels, Fiesta Resort Saipan, and rebrand it as a Crowne Plaza,” Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s vice president development, Australasia, Japan and Pacific, was quoted as saying.

“Saipan, and Micronesia more broadly, is a favorite destination for travelers from around the world, and from Korea, China and Japan in particular, and we will draw on IHG’s deep expertise in catering to guests from these markets. We look forward to growing the resort’s footprint with our world-class Crowne Plaza brand,” Sandilya told Hotel Management magazine.

It stated that IHG “has extensive experience in operating hotels and resorts that cater to Japanese, Korean and Chinese guests, with more than 400 hotels across China and Korea, and 32 hotels in Japan, including InterContinental resorts in Okinawa and the spectacular ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort and Spa, which opened in August last year.”

Jennifer Tan Su, EVP of Asia Pacific Hotels Inc., said: “Since we partnered with IHG in October 2019 our relationship has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted to hand over the operations of our Fiesta Resorts in Guam and Saipan to IHG.”

Tan added, “Saipan enjoys great hotel fundamentals, stable tourism and moderately long average stays, but has a distinct lack of great, internationally branded hotels, so we knew we needed a global brand like Crowne Plaza to attract guests from around the world bring a new level of hospitality to Saipan. We are excited for the next phase of growth for this fantastic hotel, and look forward to growing the partnership with IHG.”


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