IHG to launch Holiday Inn hotel in Cairns

CLINCHING its 11th Holiday Inn hotel in Australia is InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which will open the property later this year.

The hotel company signed a management agreement with Taisei Kanko Australia for the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside.

Currently the Mercure Cairns Harbourside, the 173-key property will undergo renovation before reopening as a Holiday Inn.

The property is located at the northern end of The Esplanade in Cairns, close to Cairns Airport, and a 10-minute walk from the city’s CBD.

Families will continue to benefit from the Holiday Inn brand’s Kids Eat & Stay Free programme, offering children all-inclusive meals during their stay. Guests can also make use of the hotel’s pool and spa, or unwind with signature cocktails from IHG’s BAR150 programme, launched to mark 150 years of mixology.

Karin Sheppard, COO, Australasia, Japan and Korea & Asia, Middle East and Africa franchising, IHG, said in a statement: “It is an exciting time for IHG as we work with our partners to grow our brands in new markets – our upcoming Crowne Plaza in Tasmania and InterContinental in Perth are great examples of that.

“Domestic travel continues to pick up and as the gateway to one of the world’s top tourist attractions, Cairns is a key city for us in Australia.”

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