Holiday Inn Opens in Cairns, Australia


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside on The Esplanade, offering beautiful ocean and city views. Previously operating as Mercure Cairns Harbourside, the hotel has opened its doors as the 11th Holiday Inn hotel in Australia.

The hotel is located less than 10 minutes from Cairns Airport and, with its beachside location, it boasts beautiful views of Trinity Bay and surrounding tropical gardens. For guests wanting to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of the main launch spots to visit the World Heritage Site and the hotel is located just minutes from the tour departure ports.

Guests staying at Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside can relax in modern and fresh rooms, including one-bedroom suites, all with stylish décor, contemporary bathrooms and private balconies. Facilities include a spacious swimming pool and mouth-watering dining options from the hotel’s famous Teshi’s restaurant.

Families can make the most of the Holiday Inn brand’s ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’ programme*, including dishes from the new and improved nutritious Kids Menu, developed in partnership with Nutrition Australia which will soon be available at the hotel.

For business travellers, the hotel is located close to the Cairns Central Business District (CBD) and guests can make use of the free shuttle service on offer. For events, the hotel features four meeting rooms, with capacity for up to 150 people in the largest room and a 24-hour business centre.

Karin Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer, Australasia, Japan and Korea & Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Franchising, IHG said: “We are thrilled to open the doors to Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, the world’s most recognised hotel brand. The location – a gateway to one of the world’s top attractions in close proximity to the city – and the hotel’s outstanding facilities makes it the ideal option for business and leisure travellers looking for a comfortable, convenient and refreshing stay.”

IHG recently signed its first hotel in Tasmania, Crowne Plaza Hobart. The group is also expanding the variety of brands it offers in key cities, such as in Sydney with the opening of Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park in 2016, the first Holiday Inn Express in Australia and in Perth with the opening of InterContinental Perth in 2017, the brand’s debut in the city.

Across Australia, IHG currently has a total of 25 hotels open across three brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn with a further 6 hotels in the pipeline, due to open over the next three to five years. This includes the launch of the Holiday Inn Express brand next year.