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Africa’s First voco Hotel is Open in South Africa’s Trendy District Rosebank, Johannesburg

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The Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank – home to some of South Africa’s most prestigious shopping, working and residential addresses – is now the location for the continent’s newest voco hotel.  

The 131-room voco The Bank Johannesburg opens its doors today and becomes the brand’s newest and only African hotel, an architectural gem with a sought-after setting and the friendly thoughtfulness that is the hallmark of the voco brand.  

As part of our growth strategy in Africa we have partnered with Valor to expand our footprint on the Continent,” said Haitham Mattar, Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG. “Valor has been our long-term partner in the United States and the United Kingdom, and we are delighted to open our first voco hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.”

“voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank is a best-in-class property and a great entry to market for IHG. voco The Bank is a distinct hotel with an individual character in the buzzing “walk-work-play” district of Rosebank and will be a great addition to the destination,” he said.  “Originating from Latin, the name ‘voco’ means ‘to invite’ or ‘call together’ and that is exactly what we offer guests with access to work and meeting spaces and an array of onsite facilities and amenities for that much needed ‘me time’. This new opening in the trendy hub of Rosebank adds to the momentum we are building in the IMEA region with six voco hotels openings in key cities.”

For the leisure traveller, the country’s trendiest shopping precincts are right on the doorstep. The Gautrain (Johannesburg’s Metro) is a two-minute walk away with an optional concierge assistance. 

A selection of room types will suit every type of leisure traveller: single, couples, or families. Dining preferences are catered for either with a choice in-room selection and boutique wine-list, or all-day service at the Proud Mary Modern Eatery and Wine Bar.  The day can be rounded off in the fully-equipped gym.  

For the business traveller, each room has large workspaces with international adaptors, USB ports, fast Wi-Fi and Chromecast televisions. The Bank has an in-house co-working, office, meeting and event space, the award-winning Workshop17, available for bookings in advance.

Guests can be reassured that the hotel follows global sustainable practices, including using mainly renewable energy, plant-based, luxury bathroom amenities by Antipodes, BCI linen in our rooms and observing various recycling guidelines.  

“We know that nowadays guests like to feel that they are making a difference,” said Jessica Redinger, General Manager of voco The Bank Johannesburg.  “We’ve gone out of our way to minimise the impact of our hotel on the environment, using best-practice sustainable guidelines where-ever we can.  But it is just important for us to look after our guests while also looking after the planet.  So, we have not sacrificed our world-class amenities and the comfortable and friendly guest experience that people have come to expect from voco.”

About IHG®: IHG Hotels & Resorts [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.

With a family of 17 hotel brands and IHG Rewards, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has over 6,000 open hotels in more than 100 countries, and a further 1,800 in the development pipeline. 

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated and registered in England and Wales. Approximately 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

About IHG® Rewards: With more than 100 million enrolled members globally, IHG Rewards is the first and largest guest loyalty program in the hotel industry. Named Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World for the 14th consecutive year as voted by the readers of Global Traveler magazine, IHG Rewards offers sought-after benefits and is easy to use. Members qualify for Your Rate by IHG Rewards, an exclusive rate offered when they book direct. In addition to flexible features like No Blackout Dates for Reward Nights, Points & Cash and free Internet with IHG Connect, IHG Rewards members have hundreds of options for redeeming points including: Reward Nights, Flights Anywhere™, Cars Anywhere, digital downloads, brand name items and retail gift cards. Enrollment in IHG Rewards is free. Guests can sign up by visiting  www.ihg.com/rewards, calling 1-888-211-9874, downloading the IHG App or by inquiring at the front desk of any IHG hotel worldwide.

About voco™ hotels: voco Hotels combines the reassurance of a big brand with the informality and charm of an individual hotel, providing guests with a dependably upscale experience. The name, voco, means ‘to invite’ and ‘call together’ originating from Latin, representing the brand’s thoughtful, unstuffy and charming nature. voco Hotels combine memorable moments and high-quality touches, from indulgent amenities to big, comfy beds. Guests will always get a warm welcome during a swift check in, a comfy room perfect for unwinding and relaxing, and vibrant bar and restaurant spaces that provide plenty of opportunity to connect and socialise. For more information and to book, visit www.vocohotels.com, and stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/vocohotels, and Instagram www.instagram.com/vocohotels.

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