IHG Hotels and Resorts will introduce two of its most colourful and community-driven brands into the Brisbane CBD, with voco continuing on its march through Australia and Hotel Indigo set to debut in the Queensland capital.
Voco Brisbane City Centre and Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre will come following a rebrand of the current Mercure Brisbane and Ibis Brisbane, both owned by Pro-invest Group, with completion due in late 2021 and 2022 respectively.
“We are absolutely delighted to build our presence in Brisbane with the signing of two of our most colourful, dynamic and boutique brands,” said IHG Hotels and Resorts Vice President, Development – Australasia, Japan and Pacific, Abhijay Sandilya.
“The personality that will be injected into the properties is going to be quite unlike anything the city has seen and we’re incredibly excited to bring the community on the journey with us. With a prime CBD location that puts both hotels within walking distance to everything the city has to offer, voco and Hotel Indigo Brisbane are undoubtedly going to be the hotels of choice for both leisure and business travellers”.
Voco Brisbane City Centre will offer 194 guest rooms, with its distinctive yellow to play a major part in a top-to-toe refurbishment which will follow immediately upon the hotel’s conversion.
Once open, it will mark the second voco in Queensland, alongside voco Gold Coast, which heralded the brand’s arrival in late 2018. A second voco is currently open in the NSW Hunter Valley, with more in the pipeline coming to Sydney, Auckland and two in Melbourne over the next few years.
The arrival of Hotel Indigo Brisbane will see the brand delve deep into the inner-Brisbane neighbourhood, with the area’s surrounding highlights being incorporated into the hotel’s design and decoration. The 212-room property will also be refurbished, with a new design and décor applied to the hotel’s restaurant, bar and café.
Pro-invest Group co-CEO, Jan Smits, said the signing builds on the strong partnership already in place with IHG Hotels and Resorts, which currently includes 11 Holiday Inn Express properties either open or in the pipeline in Australasia.
“The location of these two hotels couldn’t be better for business and leisure travellers,” Smits added. “With the power of the IHG distribution and loyalty systems, coupled with rich and exciting brands, we are confident that guests will enjoy all that these hotels have to offer.”