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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in a tie-up with investment group, Pro-invest has announced the opening of Australia’s first Holiday Inn Express hotel, Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park.

Under a multiple franchise agreement, 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.

Several key locations for properties in the portfolio have been secured in Spring Hill, Brisbane, Hindley Street, Adelaide and Southbank, Melbourne.

IHG chief executive Richard Solomons 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 travelers."

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Pro-invest Group CEO Ronald Barrott 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."

The hotel, to open for guest on 11 April, will offer free and fast Wi-Fi available in guest rooms and throughout the hotel so that guests can stay connected all day, every day.

It will offer Free Express Start Breakfast or a Grab & Go option.

Besides the opening of the 192-room hotel in Macquarie Park, Sydney, a 226-room Holiday Inn Express will open in Spring Hill Brisbane later this year, followed by Adelaide with a further 245-room Holiday Inn Express in the centre of the city opening 2017 and 345 rooms in Southbank, central Melbourne opening in 2018, totalling 1,008 rooms in all.

Currently, IHG has 25 hotels operating under three brands in Australia: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, with Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park marking the launch of the fourth brand in the country and the 26th hotel in Australia.