Top News IHG’s voco continues global expansion By TTG Asia / Posted on 30 March, 2021 13:52 IHG Hotels & Resorts, which recently signed the 50th property under its voco brand, aims to grow to 200 voco hotels across the globe within the next decade. voco Brisbane City Centre, the brand’s latest signing and 50th hotel globally, which will overlook the Brisbane River and the city’s best cultural institutions, is scheduled to open this year. voco grows to over 50 openings and signings since launch; voco Dubai pictured In addition, there are several other voco openings in the Australasian pipeline, including voco Melbourne Central, which is on track to open this August; and voco Auckland City, which is slated to open later this year. As well, voco Sydney Central and voco South Melbourne are set to open in 2022 and 2025, respectively. Amid the pandemic, in 2020, IHG reported an increase in conversion activity globally, with 25 per cent of the company’s signings as conversions – and 13 per cent of those for the voco brand. Growth for the brand continues across the Middle East with the signing of voco Jeddah North in Saudi Arabia in December 2020, and the first all-suites for voco signed in Doha, Qatar. The brand will also make its debut in Vietnam soon with the voco Ma Belle Danang property, located next to the beachfront along the main thoroughfare of the coastal city. Over in Greater China, IHG’s first voco signing in Wuhan is a conversion property, which will officially open as voco Wuhan Xinhua this year, after renovations. In 2021, China will also open two voco hotels in Nanjing – one is a new-build property located in the Garden Expo; the other one is converted from the heritage Nanjing Oriental Pearl Hotel in a prime downtown location.