IHG abandons Northern Territory properties

Hotel News - 18/02/2013

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UK-based hotel firm InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that it will walk away from four Australian hotels.

Reports said last week that from 1 May the company would cease control of its properties in the Northern Territory after failing to reach a new contract agreement with property owner Berger Hotel Group.

The four properties – three of which are located in the city of Darwin – are instead to become part of the Hilton Worldwide chain, Berger officials announced on Wednesday.

Phil Kasselis, IHG’s development head for Australasia, told the media that the termination of the company’s agreement with Berger was “saddening” and that his organisation was now seeking new opportunities in the region. He went on to add that IHG still has a strong presence across Australasia the company was pursuing “exciting opportunities” that would be unveiled over the next several months.

Hotels affected by the move include the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs, the Holiday Inn Darwin, the Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin and the Crowne Plaza Darwin.

Hilton Worldwide now has 15 franchise properties in the region, including the newly acquired DoubleTree by Hilton Karratha, according to an official press release issued on Wednesday.

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