Over the weekend, a Sydney-based investment group, Pro-invest, cut the ribbon on Australia’s first Holiday Inn Express hotel, Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park; scheduled to open later this month in Sydney. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by IHG CEO Richard Solomons, Pro-invest CEO Ronald Barrott, and New South Wales Minister for trade, tourism and major events, Stuart Ayres MP.
Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park is the first of 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels to be developed in partnership with Pro-invest under a multiple franchise agreement. Additional key locations for properties in the portfolio have been secured in Spring Hill, Brisbane, Hindley Street, Adelaide and Southbank, Melbourne.
In addition to the opening of the 192-room hotel in Macquarie Park, Sydney, a 226-room Holiday Inn Express will open in Spring Hill Brisbane later this year, followed by Adelaide with a further 245-room Holiday Inn Express opening in 2017 and a 345-room hotel set to open in Southbank, central Melbourne, in 2018, for a total of 1,008 rooms.
IHG currently has 25 hotels operating under three brands in Australia: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, with Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park marking the launch of the fourth brand in the country and the 26th hotel in Australia.