The inner-Melbourne suburb of Richmond will see a new-build Holiday Inn arriving in 2023, following the signing of a long-term management agreement between IHG and a joint venture between Pelligra Group, PrimeLand Group, and Diamond Hospitality Singapore.

The 160-room hotel will be part of a mixed-use development and will feature IHG's signature Open Lobby, combining the front desk, lobby, all-day dining and bar facilities, a lounge area, and a business centre.

Situated opposite Burnley Station and a 10-minute walk from the MCG and Rod Laver Arena, Holiday Inn Melbourne Richmond is predicted to be a hit with football, tennis, and cricket fans visiting the city, as well as corporate travellers seeking easy access to the Botannica Corporate Park, Richmond health zone, the East Melbourne and Fitzroy health & education precinct, and the Melbourne CBD.

“Holiday Inn has made its mark as one of Australasia’s fasted growing hotel brands, and Holiday Inn Melbourne Richmond complements our 28 open or pipeline hotels," said Abhijay Sandilya, IHG's vice president of development.

Abijay Sandilya

"Not only is Richmond a great destination for sports fans, it boasts a number of demand drivers in the technology, health and education space, and we are confident this hotel will be a favourite with corporate, event and VFR travellers. We are exceptionally excited to build our relationship with Pelligra Group to bring this exciting Holiday Inn to the market.”

This is the second hotel signed between IHG and Pelligra Group, with Holiday Inn Melbourne Werribee also scheduled to open in early 2021.

“Richmond has undergone a transformation over the past few decades, gentrifying to become one of Melbourne’s trendier suburbs with fantastic retail, great restaurants in the popular Little Saigon area, and the iconic MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Richmond Football Club on the doorstep," said Ross Pelligra, chairman of Pelligra Group.

"We’re proud to be working again with IHG to open Holiday Inn Melbourne Richmond, giving travellers a globally-branded accommodation option in this trendy suburb near all the action.”

IHG has put a focus on regional growth in Australasia, with several recent Holiday Inn signings including in Queenstown’s Remarkables Park, Wagga Wagga, Melbourne Dandenong, Geelong, Melbourne Ringwood, Melbourne Coburg and Melbourne Werribee, which are all new build properties that will set a benchmark for the brand in the region.

IHG currently has 51 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, voco and Holiday Inn Express, with another 35 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo.

“We are very excited about the growth in the hospitality sector across the country," said Robert Brij, chairman of PrimeLand Group. "Richmond is getting a well-deserved, iconic service provider in IHG to bring world-class facilities to this vibrant precinct.”