InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed up 13 new hotels in India, boosting its pipeline in the country to 47.
The 13 new hotels signed in 2012 are projected to create 2,600 jobs, adding to the 3,400 already working at IHG brand hotels and corporate offices in India.
InterContinental Hotels Group's CEO for Asia, Middle East and Africa Jan Smits made the announcement during a trade mission to India with British Prime Minister David Cameron to boost trade ties between the two nations.
Big Expansion in India
With IHG also disclosing plans to hire over 10,000 people in India in the coming years, the 13 new hotels seem like just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
India figures big in IHG's plans for Asia in the coming years.
The InterContinental Hotels Group already has the second largest pipeline in the Asia Pacifc region in India.
The hotel chain currently has 13 operating hotels in India spread across 10 cities including the large metros Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Smits said IHG saw "incredible opportunities for growth" in India where international tourism has been increasing year on year and domestic tourism continues to show strength.
The group is now expanding in several cities including business and tourism destinations such as Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Goa.
An old hand in India, IHG first entered the country in 1962 when it opened an InterContinental property in Delhi.
The overwhelming majority of hotels IHG plans to open in India in the coming years will fall in the mid market segment where its Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express have a strong reputation and branding.