IHG Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to convert two existing Accor properties in Brisbane under its Hotel Indigo and Voco brands.

The partnership with Proinvest Group will see the 194-room Mercure Brisbane refurbished and reflagged as the Voco Brisbane City Centre later this year.

This will be followed by the conversion of the 212-room Ibis Brisbane into the Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre in 2022. The hotel’s interiors will be “revitalised” by designer Joseph Pang, and the property’s restaurant, bar and café will be “completely reimagined”.

The Voco brand launched in 2018, and currently has two Australian hotels trading – Voco Gold Coast and Voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley – with properties also under development in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Meanwhile the first Hotel Indigo property in Australasia is set to open in Adelaide next month, with further hotels under development in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

Commenting on the news Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s vice president, Development – Australasia, Japan and Pacific, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to build our presence in Brisbane with the signing of two of our most colourful, dynamic and boutique brands. The personality that will be injected into the properties is going to be quite unlike anything the city has seen and we’re incredibly excited to bring the community on the journey with us.

“With a prime CBD location that puts both hotels within walking distance to everything the city has to offer, Voco and Hotel Indigo Brisbane are undoubtedly going to be the hotels of choice for both leisure and business travellers.”