IHG Hotels and Resorts continues Victorian growth with Holiday Inn Dandenong

by James Wilkinson

IHG Hotels and Resorts is continuing its push into suburban and regional Victoria by adding the Holiday Inn Dandenong.

Continuing a strong and successful partnership, this will be IHG’s fifth hotel with owners Pelligra Group, making them one of IHG’s largest owners in Australasia and building on current open or signed hotels including 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 AU$10 million state-of-the-art refurbishment, and open as a next-generation Holiday Inn in April 2022.

According to IHG, this will include all 108 guestrooms receiving a major refurbishment plus an additional 18 new rooms added, while the lobby will be completely transformed, incorporating Holiday Inn’s cutting edge Open Lobby concept, designed to bring people together in a convivial setting.

A brilliant new room at Holiday Inn Werribee, also owned by Pelligra Group

“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,” said Pelligra Group Chairman, Ross Pelligra. “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.”

IHG’s Director of Development for Australasia and Pacific, Jael Fischer, said 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 under the much loved and globally recognised Holiday Inn banner.

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.