InterContinental starts its journey by early next year

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 10 Aug 2017, 21:26:00
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Rebranding of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel

InterContinental starts its journey by early next year

Mohammad Mufazzal


Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, previously known as Dhaka Sheraton, will resume commercial operation in the name of 'InterContinental Dhaka' by early 2018 on completion of ongoing renovation work and necessary certification of all machinery.

The hotel was shut on September 1, 2014 for asset and equipment disposal and rearrangement.

Under the ownership of the Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL), a listed company, Ruposhi Bangla Hotel is now conducting renovation work to resume commercial operation with a rebranding name of 'InterContinental Dhaka'.

The BSL, in a disclosure on website of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), said, "Under the ownership of Bangladesh Services Limited, the deadline for completion of ongoing renovation project of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel has been re-fixed within December 2017 from the earlier deadline of December 2016".

The company said after completion of the renovation work as well as testing, commissioning, balancing and certification of all the machinery, the hotel will start its commercial operation by early 2018.

The InterContinental had earlier run the iconic Dhaka hotel from 1966 to 1983 after which Sheraton took over. Its contract ended in December 2008 but the government requested it to continue the operations until April 30, 2011 for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts operates under the brand name of Sheraton.

Later, the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel was renamed as Ruposhi Bangla Hotel as the state-owned BSL's agreement with Starwood Hotels and Resorts ended.

The BSL had been doing hotel business in the name of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel since May 2011 until it was closed for renovation in September 2014.

The BSL is now carrying out an extensive renovation of its hotel to meet the brand standard of InterContinental for rebranding it.

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