Melbourne's second Holiday Inn Express to open in 2020

The Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central opened in April 2017. (The Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins expands IHG's 26-hotel portfolio in Australia. )

IHG's Holiday Inn Express brand is set to expand further in Australia. IHG and partner Pro-invest are planning to open the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins in 2020—the brand's second hotel in Melbourne

The select-service hotel will add 299 rooms to Melbourne’s boutique Little Collins Street—home to major retailers, boutique designers and corporate offices. The hotel will also be near Southern Cross station and tram stops. 

“Melbourne continues to experience significant demand so it’s a great time to be opening a new hotel," Ron Barrott, CEO at Pro-invest Group said in a statement. 

“As the world’s fastest growing hotel brand, Holiday Inn Express has helped us to build IHG’s strongest development pipeline in a decade,” Matthew Tripolone, HOD, Australasia at IHG added. “It certainly gives us another big advantage in the select service space.”

The signing comes shortly after the unveiling of Holiday Inn Express Brisbane, which opened its doors in April 2017. It is the second Holiday Inn Express to open after Macquarie Park. IHG and Pro-invest will also open Holiday Inn Express hotels in Adelaide, Newcastle, Melbourne Southbank and Queenstown, all of which will open within the next three years.

IHG currently has 26 hotels operating under four brands in Australia: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

There are currently 2,497 Holiday Inn Express hotels and more than 247,000 rooms open across the globe. 34 of these are in the Asia, Middle East and Africa region, growing to 69 hotels in the next five years.