Global operator InterContinental Hotels will nearly double its presence in Australia over the next few years in a rapid expansion led by its reinvigoration of the luxury Whitsundays Hayman Island resort.
The British-based hotelier, which manages 31 hotels in Australia under brands including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, voco, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express, has another 23 properties in its pipeline and is set to introduce a suite of other boutique and wellness brands, Kimpton, Regent and Six Senses, into the country.
Speaking to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald ahead of the annual hotel industry AHICE gathering in Melbourne, managing director IHG Australasia and Japan, Leanne Harwood, said there were solid forward bookings for InterContinental Hayman Island that will reopen on July 1 after a $100 million upgrade.
“Hayman’s forward bookings are looking incredibly strong. It’s not surprising as it has such a strong legacy. When we first took over management rights we got so much positive feedback from industry, consumers and social media,” Ms Harwood said.