IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) has signed a franchise agreement with infrastructure company Geci Group to launch its InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand in Albania.

The new hotel, InterContinental Tirana, will comprise nearly 300 rooms and suites.

Besides, it will include a large conference centre featuring a ballroom and a capacity of up to 1,000 people for events and weddings.

Located within Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square, the new-build property will also feature a luxury spa, a rooftop restaurant and bar, wellness and leisure area including an indoor pool, steam room, sauna, treatment rooms, a gym as well as an extensive underground parking.

InterContinental Tirana is 15 minutes’ drive from Tirana International and in proximity to the National Historical Museum, Castle of Tirana, Opera House, Art Gallery, Albanian Parliament, Ministries, National Bank of Albania and Tirana Municipality.

The property is slated to open in 2025.

IHG Hotels & Resorts Europe development VP Willemijn Geels said: “As the world’s first luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is delighted to be partnering with Geci Group on its first property in Tirana, Albania’s capital city, cultural and economic hub.

“This is a great opportunity for IHG to expand within Albania, a key entry market for us, as well as grow our presence across The Balkans. It builds on momentum following the recently announced signing of Crowne Plaza Durrës – in Albania’s second largest city.”

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, a luxury hotel brand under IHG, has 31 open hotels across Europe as well as 214 open worldwide.

Recently, the brand announced plans to open InterContinental Resort Crete, InterContinental Resort Amma, Canj – Montenegro and InterContinental Tashkent, Uzbekistan.