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Pro-invest Group’s Holiday Inn Express
Brisbane Central has made its debut in the
Showing off its 226 rooms and expansive public
spaces, the world’s fastest growing hotel brand
officially opened in Brisbane’s Spring Hill on April
27 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Brisbane
Marketing CEO John Aitken, Karin Sheppard,
Chief Operating Officer at IHG and Phil Kasselis,
Managing Director at Pro-invest Group.
IHG’s Chief Operating Officer for Australasia,
Karin Sheppard, said: “The opening of the new
Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central marks IHG’s
return to Brisbane and is the latest in a series of
milestones for IHG and our partner Pro- invest.
“Designed for a savvy generation of travellers,
Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central will be a
highly attractive offering for guests who are drawn
to the brand’s purposeful, contemporary design
and effortless service.”
Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central offers
a meeting room, on-site parking spaces and a
generous breakfast area, The Great Room, where
guests can enjoy their free breakfast before
heading out for the day’s activities, or gather for
informal gatherings and drinks parties.
Pro-invest Group Managing Director, Phil
Kasselis, said: “We are thrilled to bring the Holiday
Inn Express brand to Brisbane.
“As we continue our successful roll out of
Holiday Inn Express hotels across Australia and
New Zealand, we’ll continue to meet the growing
demand of business or leisure travellers looking for
smart hotel solutions.”
According to renowned architect, Joseph Pang,
the carefree Brisbane lifestyle played a significant
influence in the design of the hotel – stylish without
being pretentious, with the use of bright and
sunny jovial colours. The cleverly modern rooms
and shared spaces are a perfect illustration of how
Holiday Inn Express puts the customers’ needs and
experiences at the heart of the hotels design.
Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central Hotel
Manager, Michael Foster, said: “Holiday Inn
Express Brisbane Central is the perfect destination
for guests on the go, who need a place to rest and
recharge so that they can get on their way.
“ We offer a no fuss experience that gives guests
exactly what they need from a hotel stay: comfy
beds, a convenient location, free Wi-Fi and our
popular Express Start breakfast bar and Grab and
There are currently 2,497 Holiday Inn Express
hotels (more than 247,000 rooms) open across the
globe. 34 of these are in the Asia, Middle East and
Africa (AMEA) region, growing to 69 hotels in the
next five years.
IHG currently has 26 hotels operating under
four brands in Australia: InterContinental, Crowne
Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with
Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central marking the
27th hotel in Australia.
AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST BRAND TRIBE DEBUTS IN PERTH
Australia’s newest hotel brand, Tribe Hotel
Group, has debuted in Perth.
Tribe founder, Mark Peters, says the new
brand is focused on giving guests everything
they need and nothing they don’t, in a space
that is intelligent and sophisticated with high-
Instead of being something to everyone, he
says Tribe has been created for tech savvy design
lovers and urban explorers, who are meticulous
when it comes to where they stay and prudent
about what they pay. The result is a hotel that is
as stylish as it is smart.
Its first location, Tribe Perth, is a nine-storey
126 room hotel in West Perth next to Kings
Park which features interiors by award-winning
architect and interior designer Travis Walton;
architecture by Idle Architecture Studio; and
brand campaigns shot by Nicole Bentley.
Peters says Tribe Perth has highly functional
rooms and shared spaces that are luxurious and
contemporary, with cutting edge technology,
entertainment and office facilities as standard.
Gone are out-dated and unwanted services,
inefficient check-in and checkouts, overpriced
mini bars and restaurants and room service.
Its luxurious and contemporary living areas –
styled by Walton in collaboration with celebrated
art director Marsha Golemac – are part
collaborative workspace, part social club featuring
break out spaces, lounges, an outdoor courtyard
and Tribe Foods. Design details include lighting
by Tom Dixon, Moroso feature chairs, Jean-Paul
Gaultier cushions, Febrik upholstered sofas, and
an impressively curated collection of work by
Australian contemporary artists.
Walton has cleverly crafted the rooms to
complement the unique and innovative living
areas, all complete with free WiFi, signature
queen beds with a custom designed bed base
to allow for ‘out of the way storage’, floor-
to-ceiling windows and blackout blinds, and
amenities including Nespresso pods and T2.
Bathrooms feature rain showers and Kevin
Murphy shower products.
Tribe Foods – a café by day and bar by
night – will feature menus created by Tobie
Puttock (River Café, Fifteen Restaurant) that
will have a focus on sustainability, seasonality
and ethical eating.
As Australia’s first integrated modular design
hotel, Tribe sets itself apart from traditional
accommodation by using a contemporary
modular design and construction method
comprising pre-fabricated guest rooms with
sophisticated essentials for the modern traveller.
Peters is a pioneer in modular construction
and a specialist hotel developer and his vision
was to create an entirely new category of
design hotels in Australia, with the view to
“The contemporary traveller no longer checks
into a hotel, they check in to a destination, that’s
why when we created Tribe we re-evaluated the
hotel model to prioritise the benefits they would
want,” he says.
“ We’ve focused on what matters so that we
don’t pass on costs to our guests for the things
He says expansion plans are already well
underway with new Tribe hotel sites acquired
in Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne, and
intentions to expand internationally over the
next 10 years.
“Created with an international cast of business
travellers and urban explorers in mind, Tribe is
set to be a hotly anticipated new offering in the
Australian hotel landscape,” Peters says.
Holiday Inn Express Brisbane
Central is officially opened
Tribe has debuted in Perth
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