BANGKOK—Best Western International (BWI) has signed a new agreement that will see it touch down at Dhaka Airport for the first time.
The hotel company has penned a contract with Maple Leaf Hotels and Resorts for a new-build hotel located adjacent to Bangladesh’s main international air gateway, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Currently under construction, the hotel will operate under the upscale Best Western Plus product when it opens in the second quarter of 2014. All 56 rooms will include amenities such as flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, minibars, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel will feature an all-day restaurant serving local and international dishes, a bar, fitness center, sauna, steam room and spa. There will also be a rooftop barbecue outlet.
BWI’s Vice President of International Operations for Asia and the Middle East, Glenn de Souza, says the new hotel is perfectly positioned to cater to Bangladesh’s rising number of inbound and outbound travelers. “With a population of more than 160 million people—the eighth largest in the world—and a fast-growing manufacturing industry, Bangladesh is becoming an increasingly important regional and global player,” he says.
For BWI, the new hotel will be its second in Dhaka, following the 51-room Best Western La Vinci Hotel. The company expects to expand further across Bangladesh with plans for at least three hotels in the coastal destination of Cox’s Bazar.