InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed three Holiday Inn hotels – Holiday Inn Ankara Çukurambar, Holiday Inn Istanbul Tuzla Bay and Holiday Inn Istanbul Kadikoy.

The first to open during Q2 this year is the 140-room Holiday Inn Ankara Çukurambar, which will open under a franchise agreement with Aska Otomotiv ve Petrol Urunleri Tic A.S. The hotel is  positioned nearby ministerial offices and government headquarters in Ankara’s business district, Çukurambar. It will be the first IHG branded hotel in this area and the first hotel to bring the Holiday Inn Open Lobby to Ankara. Facilities include a 660m² banquet room and multiple meeting rooms, as well as a spa, gym, bar and restaurant.

Galip Asal, owner of Aska Otomotiv ve Petrol Urunleri Tic A.S, says: “Together with its contemporary and comfortable architecture and excellent service, Holiday Inn Çukurambar will provide guests with the perfect experience. We’re very excited to be working with one of the leading hotel companies in the world - InterContinental Hotels Group. The dynamism of IHG’s brands impressed us the most during our search for a hotel company to partner with.”

Holiday Inn Istanbul Kadikoy which will be a newly-constructed building featuring 127 rooms – including four suites – a mini gym, bar and restaurant. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Defne Otelcilik ve Turizm A.S. Holiday Inn Istanbul Kadikoy is located within the business area of Kadikoy, which is home to more than 400 companies and is within walking distance of a variety of bars, universities, hospitals and the 55,000-seat Fenerbahçe FC Stadium.

Fikret Cakmak, owner of Defne Otelcilik ve Turizm A.S. comments: “The hotel is the only branded mid-range hotel with a full food and beverage offering in Kadikoy. We are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming guests who are visiting Istanbul both for business and pleasure.”

Holiday Inn Istanbul Tuzla Bay is due to open in 2016, under a franchise agreement with Troyka Turizm Otelcilik ve Insaat A.S. The 140-room hotel will be newly constructed in the planned business district of Tuzla on the Asian side of Istanbul. Featuring Holiday Inn’s signature Open Lobby concept and boasting a 180° sea view, the hotel will be the first internationally-branded hotel in the Tuzla Bay area. Guests staying at the hotel will benefit from transport links to Istanbul’s city centre and old town.

Kemal Akbasoglu, owner of Troyka Turizm Otelcilik ve Insaat A.S, says: “We see this hotel as the first step towards a long-lasting collaboration with IHG. Holiday Inn Istanbul Tuzla Bay is located close to the sea, and is set to meet the region’s growing business demands. Through our commitment to outstanding customer service, we are aiming to become one of the most preferred hotels in the region within a very short time frame.”

Yalin Yaltirakli, director of development in Turkey at IHG, adds: “The Holiday Inn brand is continuing to expand across Europe in both capital cities and regional areas, as it appeals to investors and owners whilst meeting the needs of both corporate and leisure travellers. We look forward to establishing many more IHG hotels in Turkey.”

With over 1200 properties worldwide, the Holiday Inn brand is one of the most widely recognised hotel groups in the world. There are currently 282 Holiday Inn hotels in Europe, with a further 35 in the pipeline due to open within the next three to five years (figures correct as of 31st December).