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Australia’s first Holiday Inn Express set to open

InterContinental Hotels Group, in partnership with investment group Pro-invest today celebrated the opening of Australia’s first Holiday Inn Express hotel, Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park; scheduled to welcome its first guests April 11, 2016.

A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the occasion, attended by IHG chief executive officer, Richard Solomons, Pro-invest chief executive officer, 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 international investment group, 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.

Richard Solomons, IHG chief executive said: “This is an important milestone for the Holiday Inn Express brand globally, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. I’m delighted to be here for the occasion, and to celebrate with our partners from Pro-invest.

“IHG’s global strategy is to align the right market with the right brand at the right time – and with the right partner. With a strong tourism economy in place, coupled with a receptiveness to a select service accommodation brand in this market and a dynamic partner in Pro-invest, Australia presented as an ideal opportunity to continue the growth of Holiday Inn Express.

“A brand synonymous with offering guests a great experience and ‘everything they need but nothing they don’t’, coupled with friendly service, Holiday Inn Express will no-doubt prove popular among smart, discerning Australian travellers” he added.

Ronald Barrott, chief executive officer at Pro-invest Group said: “Since announcing our partnership with IHG and this portfolio of Holiday Inn Express hotels to open in Australia, our team has scoured the country for prime positions for our hotels. Macquarie Park is one of Sydney’s leading business precincts for this, our first Holiday Inn Express hotel, perfectly-suited to cater for corporate travellers.

“In just a few days’ time we will open our doors to guests, and it won’t be too long before we do the same at Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Spring Hill. It’s an exciting time, and we could not have wished for better partners than IHG with whom to undertake this exciting project.”

Rosie Clarke

Rosie Clarke is managing editor at Multimedia Publishing.

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