First Holiday Inn comes to Cairns

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, currently operating as the Mercure Carins Harbourside
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, currently operating as the Mercure Carins Harbourside

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with Taisei Kanko Australia Pty Limited to bring the first Holiday Inn to Cairns. 

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, currently operating as the Mercure Carins Harbourside, will undergo refurbishment before opening as a Holiday Inn later this year, bringing the count of Holiday Inn hotels in the country to 11.

We are confident the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside one of the top choices for people travelling to Cairns

Located in the northern end of The Esplanade in Cairns which provides key access to the Great Barrier Reef, Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside will appeal to holiday makers looking to experience the World Heritage Site.

Karin Sheppard, COO, Australasia, Japan & Korea of IHG
Karin Sheppard, COO, Australasia, Japan & Korea of IHG

Karin Sheppard, chief operating officer, Australasia, Japan and Korea & Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) franchising, IHG said: “It is an exciting time for IHG as we work with our partners to grow our brands in new markets.

“Domestic travel continues to pick up and as the gateway to one of the world’s top tourist attractions Cairns is a key city for us in Australia. We are confident the hotel’s location and facilities will make Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside one of the top choices for people travelling to Cairns.”

Hidenori Kado, managing director, Taisei Kanko Australia Group said: “Cairns presents great growth opportunities as the city continues to experience record visitor arrivals and grow as a tourism destination.

“It is a great time to be bringing an international brand as recognised as Holiday Inn into the market and we are confident that the brand’s heritage, IHG’s experience in operating great hotels and our expertise in real estate investment and the leisure industry will ensure the hotel is a success when it opens later in the year.”

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