IHG announces new Holiday Inn Express venues

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed three new Holiday Inn Express venues in three different UK and Irish locations, it has revealed.

Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough Centre Square, one of the three, will be opening in 2016. What is currently an office building is due to undergo conversion into a 138 room hotel in the town centre's main square, near the Institute of Modern Art and Town Hall. The hotel will be operated in a franchise contract with Sherland Property OpCo Limited.

Opening before this, Holiday Inn Express Dublin – City Centre will allow the public to stay in its 198 guest rooms beginning spring 2016. Again, the venue is set to be created by converting an existing property. Situated on O’Connell Street, in the Irish capital's shopping district, the venue will be operated in a franchise agreement with Findlater House Ltd.

Meanwhile, the first hotel among the recently announced three to become available to the public – something due to happen before the end of next year – is Holiday Inn Express Grimsby.

Unlike the other two, this is a new build and will boast 80 guest rooms once it is complete. Close to Grimsby's main rail station it's set to be operated in a Brayford Hotels franchise agreement.

“Holiday Inn Express is one of the fastest growing brands in the industry and the brand is certainly doing really well in Europe," said IHG director of development UK and Ireland, Philip Lassman.

"The brand offers friendly efficient service, comfortable rooms and a free breakfast – everything a guest needs and nothing they don’t. It’s truly ideal for meeting the needs of corporate and leisure travellers typically taking short weekend breaks and business trips in this part of the world."

It comes after, in global news, Intercontinental gave word that Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi had opened – its first hotel in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, which will be helping to host the forthcoming World Cup.