(MENAFN - Arab News) Intercontinental hotels group (ihg) celebrated as its intercontinental hotels and resorts brand picked up a quartet of accolades at the 2014 business traveller middle east awards including the best hotel brand worldwide title.
in addition three intercontinental properties were recognised during the awards with intercontinental phoenicia beirut intercontinental jeddah and intercontinental cairo citystars picking up the titles of best business hotel in their respective cities.
one of the world's leading hotel brands with more than 180 hotels worldwide intercontinental hotels & resorts was the first international hotel company to enter the region when we opened the phoenicia in lebanon more than 50 years ago. there are now 28 intercontinental hotels open across the middle east and eight more due to open over the next three to five years.
pascal gauvin chief operating officer india middle east and africa ihg commented: 'to be recognised as the best hotel brand worldwide by business travelers in the middle east is a tribute to the high level of service we deliver to ensure authentic local experiences for our intercontinental guests. we are growing our intercontinental presence in the region by nearly 30 percent including the much anticipated intercontinental dubai marina that will open at the end of this year and we look forward to bringing more award-winning properties to the region."
more than 300 travel industry managers were hosted at this year's business traveller middle east awards which were presented by award-winning michelin-starred chef heinz beck.
winners of the annual awards are decided by business travelers who vote for their preferred brands across travel categories including aviation car hire and hotels.
intercontinental hotels & resorts picked up the following awards at the 2014 business traveller middle east: best hotel brand worldwide: intercontinental hotels and resorts best business hotel in beirut: intercontinental phoenicia beirut best business hotel in cairo: intercontinental citystars cairo and best business hotel in jeddah: intercontinental jeddah.