(MENAFN - Arab News) Crowne Plaza Kuwait, one of the country's most popular hotels, celebrated its 30th anniversary last week.
The hotel, which opened its doors in 1982, began life as Holiday Inn Kuwait - one of the first Holiday Inn hotels in the Middle East. A testament to Jawad Bukhamseen's pioneering spirit, the signing of the contract in 1977 with Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inn, helped to kick-start the
growth of the brand in the region.
Joining Bukhamseen to commemorate this milestone was Spence Wilson, son of Kemmons Wilson, and his wife Becky.
The celebrations at the hotel are part of a tour the Wilson family are undertaking across the Middle East and India to commemorate the Holiday Inn brand's 60th anniversary. Launched in Memphis, Tennessee in 1952 by Kemmons Wilson, the brand has become one of the most recognizable hotel brands in the world.
Marking the occasion, Jawad Bukhamseen, founder and owner of the hotel and chairman of Bukhamseen Group Holding Company, said: "Thirty years is a significant milestone for any hotel. I'm very proud of how far we've come and how successful the hotel has been since it was opened in 1982.
Through the years we've continued to expand, grow and develop, always with our guests' interests at heart. We have kept our loyal guests and attracted new ones, and built an enviable reputation."
Wilson added: "We're very proud to be part of this hotel's heritage. Holiday Inn has made its mark in the Middle East, and this hotel played a key role ever since it opened in Kuwait in 1982. We'd like to thank Bukhamseen and his family for their continued support and the integral part they have played in helping to move the brand forward in the Middle East. I wish him and the hotel continued success."