Kazakhstan is stepping up its appeal for international travelers: A new Hyatt Regency hotel has been announced for the city of Almaty, marking the brand's return to the country. The hotel is expected to open in 2017.
Peter Norman—senior vice president, acquisitions and development for Hyatt, Europe, Africa, and Middle East—said that the company is looking to expand its brand footprint in Central Asia.
The Hyatt Regency Almaty will be located in the city center between Satpaev Avenue and Esentai River, offering easy access to the business district, Almaty International Airport and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange. The 270-room hotel will include 41 suites, three restaurants and bars, a spa, and a fitness center.
For business travelers, the hotel will also have more than 16,000 square feet of meeting facilities, including a 6,450 square foot (600 square meter) ballroom.
“Almaty’s growing economy provides an opportunity to introduce a globally recognized brand that will resonate with the burgeoning base of business and leisure travelers,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Tayfun Doskaya of Tavros Investment Holding, which is working with a Hyatt affiliate to build the hotel. “Given the strength and appeal of the Hyatt Regency brand, as well as the city’s location in one of the key financial centers in Central Asia, we believe the new hotel will connect both business and leisure travelers from across the region.”