On 27th April 2017, international investment firm, Pro-invest Group in partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) officially opened Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central.
A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the occasion, attended by Pro-invest Group’s CEO Ronald Barrott, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Brisbane Marketing CEO John Aitken and Karin Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer, Australasia & Japan at IHG.
Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central is the second of a series of Holiday Inn Express hotels to be developed in partnership between Pro-invest Group and IHG under a Master Development Agreement. The first Holiday Inn Express hotel, located in Sydney’s Macquarie Park, opened its doors to the public in March 2016, with further locations secured for additional properties in Adelaide, Newcastle, Melbourne Southbank, Melbourne CBD, and Queenstown.
“The Holiday Inn Express is a welcome addition to Brisbane’s hotel infrastructure and will complement the city’s booming tourism and major events programs, which are attracting record number of visitors and creating around 64,700 local jobs.” Brisbane Lord Major, Graham Quirk.
IHG’s Chief Operating Officer for Australasia & Japan, Karen Sheppard, said “The opening of the new Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central marks IHG’s return to Brisbane. Designed for the savvy generation of travellers, the hotel will be a highly attractive offering for guests who are drawn to the brand’s purposeful, contemporary design and effortless service.”
Designed to cater for both corporate and leisure guests, the 226-room hotel is located close to Brisbane’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ encompassing the city’s central business district, retail, entertainment, dining and leisure hubs. The hotel offers guests a smart and convenient stay which includes free and fast Wi-Fi, free Express Start Breakfast.
Pro-invest Hotels Group Managing Director, Phil Kasselis, said “We are thrilled to bring the Holiday Inn Express brand to Brisbane. As we continue our successful roll out of Holiday Inn Express hotels across Australia and New Zealand, we will continue to meet the growing demand of business or leisure travellers looking for smart hotel solutions.”
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