IHG open first-ever Voco hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast

The hotel company plans to reach 15 total signings for the upscale brand by the end of 2018

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InterContinental Hotels (IHG) Group has opened the first Voco hotel globally on Australia’s Gold Coast just five months after it was launched. The new property is owned by Australian property investment firm SB&G Group.

With 389 keys, the Voco Gold Coast also offers several features that sets it apart from existing hotels such as the onsite beehives, producing honey for various uses throughout the hotel. The new brand, which holds a strong sustainability focus, will offer refillable dispensers for products such as soap, along with a high-end Aveda amenity and an initiative with Gold Coast City Council to ensure all kitchen waste is recycled, a statement said.

With six signings of Voco to date, in addition to the four properties that will rebrand as part of the UK portfolio deal, there are expected to be more than 15 signings in total for the brand by the end of 2018. These include three signings in Australia, in Victoria’s wine region, Yarra Valley and in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling CBD as well as a number of properties in the UK.

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