ASTANA – Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced on May 14 that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Turkey’s Tavros Investment Holding to open a new Hyatt Regency Hotel in Almaty. The hotel is planned to be launched in 2017 and will mark Hyatt’s return to Kazakhstan.
The luxury hotel will feature 270 rooms, including 41 suites, plus three restaurants and bars, a spa and a fitness centre. It will also offer more than 1,500 square metres of meeting space, including a 600 square metre ballroom. The new hotel will be located on a 6,800 square metre site in the city centre, between Satpayev Avenue and the Essentai River.
“We are delighted to re-establish a Hyatt brand presence in Kazakhstan,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president of acquisitions and development for Hyatt in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, according to a press release on the new development. “The development of this hotel represents a significant step for Hyatt as the company continues to expand its brand footprint in Central Asia.”
“Given the strength and appeal of the Hyatt Regency brand, as well as the city’s location in one of the key financial centres in Central Asia, we believe the new hotel will connect both business and leisure travellers from across the region. Almaty’s growing economy provides an opportunity to introduce a globally recognised brand that will resonate with the burgeoning base of business and leisure travellers,” said President and CEO of Tavros Investment Holding Tayfun Doskaya.
Hyatt Regency Almaty will join more than 145 Hyatt Regency hotels currently open around the world, including locations in China, India, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Hyatt Regency Almaty opened in 1995 in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s capital then, and played an active role in the life of the city. It sponsored the ABN AMRO Gold tournament for 11 years, including the Kazakhstan Open in 2010 with the participation of European golfers. The hotel also supported the idea of hosting the first ever golf exhibition in December 2010 in Kazakhstan within its walls.
The hotel underwent renovation in 2008, and in 2011 it was renamed Rahat Palace Hotel, with Hyatt leaving the Kazakh market that same year.