June 18, 2013 // Franchising.com // Sydney, Australia - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Oscars Hotels have signed a franchise agreement for a 146-room Holiday Inn hotel at Warwick Farm in Sydney’s south west. Oscars Hotels purchased the Sunnybrook Hotel in April 2011 and with this agreement will undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the guest rooms and restaurant, after which the hotel will reopen as Holiday Inn Warwick Farm on 10 September 2013.
Located at 355 Hume Highway Warwick Farm, the hotel is within easy access to a number of commercial and business park precincts and ideally positioned to meet the needs of the growing commercial and leisure based industries of south west Sydney. The hotel facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, a tavern adjacent to the hotel with gaming facilities, gymnasium, a meetings and events centre, heated outdoor swimming pool and generous onsite parking.
Following the refurbishment of all guest rooms and the hotel restaurant, the gymnasium and swimming pool will be fully upgraded, as will the adjoining Oscars Tavern and the meeting and events centre (both due for completion in early 2014).
Warwick Farm is close to the suburbs of Liverpool, Chipping Norton, Cabramatta and Moorebank. It’s also central to leisure attractions such as Warwick Farm Racecourse and Warwick Farm Polo Fields.
“The signing of Holiday Inn Warwick Farm is significant to our strategy of expanding the Holiday Inn brand across New South Wales. The Liverpool local government area has been earmarked by the state as a major regional centre in Sydney, and this Holiday Inn will be ideally positioned to cater to growing demand for hotel accommodation there, offering a great guest experience” said IHG Australasia Head of Development, Phil Kasselis.
Bill Gravanis, owner of Oscars Hotels and the soon-to-open Holiday Inn Warwick Farm said, “We are tremendously excited about the re-launching of this property and becoming a member of the internationally-renowned Holiday Inn family. We selected IHG as our partner for this hotel based on the strength of the Holiday Inn brand both here and worldwide, and its proven ability to deliver premium returns on the assets it represents.
“This hotel has a real opportunity to significantly increase its share of corporate, meetings and leisure business in Sydney’s south west, and IHG is the best partner to help us realise that potential. We have been impressed with IHG's support to date, and in them we believe we have a partner that will assist us to maximize the asset’s value and deliver a great guest experience", said Bill.
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm will be the 22nd Holiday Inn in Australia, and will join the family of 114 Holiday Inns currently operating throughout Asia Pacific.
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IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 674,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.
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