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IHG announces the signing of Holiday Inn Dandenong, Australia

IHG has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Dandenong, Australia. This will be IHG’s fifth hotel with the Pelligra Group, making them one of IHG’s largest owners in Australasia. The other 4 hotels owned by the Pelligra Group include Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport, the newly opened Holiday Inn Werribee, and upcoming Holiday Inn Melbourne Richmond and Crowne Plaza Melbourne Carlton.

Formerly the Ramada Encore by Wyndham Dandenong, the hotel will undergo a $10 million refurbishment, before opening as a next-generation Holiday Inn in April 2022. The news continues IHG’s rapid growth across Victoria, following the opening of Holiday Inn Werribee and upcoming Holiday Inn openings in Geelong, Ringwood, Richmond, Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall and Ballarat.

The hotel, located around 30 kilometres from Melbourne, is set to be a central hub for visitors in a growing area, bustling with new infrastructure projects, big business headquarters, universities and potentially a new, $110m 15,00-seat sports stadium and events centre.

Each of the 108 guest rooms will receive a major refurbishment and an additional 18 new rooms will be added. Additionally, the lobby will be completely transformed, incorporating Holiday Inn’s Open Lobby concept, designed to bring people together in a convivial setting.

Holiday Inn will add significant value to the property post transformation, taking it from a limited-service hotel to a completely refreshed, full-service upper midscale positioning.

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Jael Fischer, Director of Development for Australasia & Pacific, IHG, said:

The Holiday Inn brand has undergone a huge, global transformation over the last 18 months, unveiling a level of next-generation design which is making leisure and business travellers take note, fast tracking the brands growth across the region. This will be our fifth hotel with the Pelligra Group and we are honoured to be working with the team again to bring this completely refurbished Holiday Inn to the Dandenong community and build on our network in Victoria.

In 2006, a 15-year, $290m ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’ (RCD) program was announced by the Victorian Government aimed at improving the general amenity of the Dandenong CBD and re-establishing Dandenong city centre as the capital of Melbourne’s growing south east region. Holiday Inn Dandenong will be located just a few metres from the centre of the RCD initiative.

Ross Pelligra from Pelligra Group said:

There is no question we are passionate about the Holiday Inn brand and we are thrilled to once again be branding our newest acquisition under IHG’s fastest growing hotel banner. We love working with the IHG team and we are excited to be building on our partnership with them. The location of this hotel is what really drew us to the property; just across the road from the town’s main shopping centre and metres from Dandenong’s major revitalisation project. Having the internationally recognised Holiday Inn brand attached to our hotel will be of great benefit as domestic and international travel returns and we are proud to be continuing our partnership with IHG.

Holiday Inn Dandenong will join the 42 open or pipeline Holiday Inn brand family hotels in Australasia & Pacific.

Meanwhile, IHG recently announced that it will open 5 new hotels in Coastal France over the next 2 years.

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