InterContinental Hotels Group has announced several developments in recent days, with new Holiday Inn hotels poised to open in Warsaw, Poland and Sydney, Australia.
Warming Up in Warsaw
At the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin, IHG announced that it has signed a deal to open the Holiday Inn Warsaw West Station. The hotel will be developed with franchisees VHM Hotel Management, owner Satoria Group SA, and investors Capital Park.
The 217-guestroom, new-build hotel will also be IHG and VHM’s first venture together. There are currently eight IHG hotels in Poland, and IHG signed deals for 60 more European hotels in 2016. The Holiday Inn brand family currently has 291 Holiday Inn hotels in the market and another 35 in the pipeline.
“We are pleased to be able to announce another milestone in IHG’s expansion across Poland together with VHM Hotel Management,” Miguel Martins, director of development, Poland, IHG, said in a statement.
“When deciding how to extend our portfolio in the market, the choice was simplified by the fact that in Holiday Inn, IHG has such a strong midscale brand, which answers the need for a perfect fit for that segment in Poland perfectly,” Adds Wojciech Popis of VHM Hotel Management said.
In 2016 IHG opened several hotels in the region including the Hotel Indigo Krakow – Old Town, Staybridge Suites Baku, and Holiday Inn Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Holiday Inn Down Under
Just after the Poland hotel was announced, IHG partnered with Linzhu (Australia) to open the Holiday Inn Sydney Central in the city’s Central Business District.
Slated to open by 2020, the hotel will have 305 rooms and will be the largest midscale property in the Sydney CBD pipeline. The hotel will be part of a mixed-use development that will include a private art gallery and a retail concourse.
“The property will be a jewel in the Sydney CBD landscape with its unique wedge-shaped design and green flowing rooftops,“ Jing Wen Lin, Director at Linzhu, said in a statement. “Sydney continues to experience significant demand, so it’s a great time to be opening a new hotel.”
“The Holiday Inn brand has been a story of success for IHG in Australia, so we are excited to be building on our portfolio that already includes six Holiday Inn hotels in Sydney,” Karin Sheppard, COO at IHG, added.
The first Holiday Inn in Australasia was the Holiday Inn City Centre Perth, which opened in March 1998.