InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed a management agreement with Taisei Kanko Australia for the 173-room Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside. The hotel, currently operating as the Mercure Cairns Harbourside will undergo refurbishment before opening as a Holiday Inn later this year. When it opens, the property will be the eleventh Holiday Inn hotel in the country.
Located at the northern end of The Esplanade in Cairns, an access point for the Great Barrier Reef, Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside will also enjoy close proximity to Cairns Airport and is a short distance from the Cairns waterfront and harbor.
Upon completion of the overhaul, Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside cwill have an all-day dining restaurant, a pool and spa and a bar. There will also be a range of facilities including four meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center.
IHG has nearly 1,200 Holiday Inn hotels open across the globe, and 267 hotels in the company's global pipeline. There are currently 10 Holiday Inn hotels open in Australia.
Across Australia, IHG currently has a total of 24 hotels open across three brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, with a further five hotels in the pipeline due to open over the next three to five years. This includes the launch of the Holiday Inn Express brand in Sydney's North Ryde next year.