IHG has signed a 20-year management agreement with Franzé Developments to open and operate Holiday Inn and Suites Geelong. When it opens in 2020, the 190-room property will be the largest hotel in the city.
Holiday Inn and Suites Geelong will also be the first new hotel in Geelong in more than twenty years, and IHG’s first Holiday Inn hotel in Australia to include a ‘suites’ offering, with 40 suites intended for the longer stay segment.
Franzé Developments announced that it had acquired the central CBD site in April, highlighting plans to build Geelong’s largest mixed-use development comprised of retail and office space, 24 modern residences, co-working space, and the flagship Holiday Inn hotel.
Hotel facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant and bar, swimming pool, gym, parking and a meeting facilities including a function room for 250 people.
“Geelong welcomes around 2.2 million overnight visitors annually, but is dramatically underrepresented by quality hotels,” said Paul Franzé, Founder & Managing Director at Franzé Developments.
“The Holiday Inn brand is known and loved by travellers all around the world, so I can’t imagine a better fit for a world-class city like Geelong. With a prime CBD location in close proximity to the station, hospital, university, offices and government entities, I am confident that Holiday Inn and Suites Geelong is going to be a story of success.”