Maldives Wellness Review

Featured image: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

IHG is seeking opportunities to further expand its brand presence in APAC through hotel conversions.

IHG Hotels & Resorts has achieved a significant milestone in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region with 1,000 hotels open, underscoring the company’s accelerated growth strategy in the dynamic Asian market.

Currently, four resorts under the comprehensive IHG brand portfolio operate in the Maldives; Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives (South Male’ Atoll), InterContinental Hotels Maldives Maamunugau Resort (Raa Atoll), Six Senses Kanuhura Maldives (Lhaviyani Atoll) and Six Senses Laamu (Laamu Atoll). Of these brands, Six Senses was founded by Sonu Shivdesani in 1995; the brand was acquired by IHG Hotels and Resorts in 2019. Sonu is also the founder and CEO of Soneva and widely credited with ushering in a new era of intelligent luxury to the Maldives as a leading travel destination.

Capitalizing on the booming travel market

According to IHG, the APAC region is poised for the fastest growth in global passenger traffic, fuelled by relaxed travel restrictions and the expansion of flight routes and airlines.

IHG is positioned to capitalize on this surge with a robust pipeline exceeding 700 hotels across 13 brands and 22 countries.

The company’s loyalty programme, IHG One Rewards, has more than 130 million members worldwide, further strengthening its appeal to travelers in the region.

Positive outlook for the future

The strong performance of IHG’s hotels in APAC has bolstered owner confidence and fuelled continued investment in the hospitality industry.

Industry data reveals a robust construction pipeline exceeding 5,700 projects across the region, with more than 1,200 hotels opening in 2024 alone.

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