IHG and Berger Hotel Group to part ways in Northern Territory (InterContinental Hotels Group) will cease management of Crowne Plaza Darwin, Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin, Holiday Inn Darwin and Crowne Plaza Alice Springs as of May 1, 2013.
The management contracts for these four Australian properties in the Northern Territory – all currently owned by Ludvik Berger’s Berger Hotel Group – will not be renewed. This decision was reached after both parties looked to other opportunities.
“While we are saddened by the end of a long relationship, IHG is confident of its future in Australia. We still have strong brand distribution across the country, and we will now actively pursue opportunities in Darwin – among other cities,” said Phil Kasselis, Head of Development, Australasia.
Having been in the group’s development team for 13 years, Kasselis – who relocated back to Sydney at the start of the year – has made brand integrity and quality expansion his priority for Australia.
“It’s great to be home, and I’m energised by the task ahead, which is to bring the right IHG brands, to the right locations, with the right partners. We are in the brands business and it is our absolute responsibility to ensure hotels under our management have the right investments and quality behind them so we can deliver the guest experience our customers have come to expect,” Kasselis said.
Some recent successes include the signing of the Holiday Inn Parramatta and the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. In particular, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Queensland not only marked the foray of the first-ever InterContinental Resort in Australia, but also highlighted the continuation of IHG’s long-standing relationships with Mulpha, which also owns the award-winning flagship InterContinental Sydney.
“We have some exciting developments in the works, which we’ll look to share in the coming months,” Kasselis said.