May 7, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

micenet wraps up the biggest takeaways of announcements from the accommodation sector over the last week, for one quick hit of hotel news.

It’s been a week of significant announcements from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

The brand announced a $32 million renovation of InterContinental Adelaide will take place between late 2021 and early 2023, with the hotel to remain open throughout.

The works include upgrades to the hotel’s meetings and events facilities and its 367 rooms.

IHG also announced the conversion of Primus Hotel in Sydney to bring its Kimpton brand to the city.

The 172-room hotel, in the heritage listed Art Deco building which used to house the Sydney Water Board, will feature a rooftop swimming pool and conference and event space.

Following a revamp of the lobby, guest rooms and the food and beverage offering, the hotel is expected to open in October this year.

Parramatta in Sydney’s west will also get a new build luxury property with IHG announcing InterContinental Parramatta (artist impression pictured above) will open in 2025.

Being built in partnership with Holdmark Property Group, the hotel will have 200 rooms, a rooftop bar and more than 900 square metres of event space.

“Parramatta is without doubt a super city of the future,” said Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Vice President of Development for Japan, Australasia and the Pacific.

“The transformation of Parramatta over the years has been extraordinary and the city is truly deserving of a luxury hotel.”

Marriott International has also announced a new-build hotel for Sydney, flagging the opening of the first Moxy hotel in the Sydney Airport precinct in 2023.

The hotel will have 301 rooms and meeting and event space.

Event Hospitality & Entertainment (EVENT) has announced the addition of two new hotels to their portfolio in Adelaide along South Terrace. The Sage will be rebranded and reopen on July 1 this year, while the Chifley Hotel will be renovated and rebranded, opening in 2022.

Ovolo has rebranded its Ovolo Inchcolm in Brisbane to create the first by Ovolo property in Australia, The Inchcolm by Ovolo.

The all-suite hotel has “undergone an evolution in the public spaces and guest experience” including introducing a new restaurant The Inchcolm Bar.

The hotel’s largest event space The Charleston Rooom can host up to 120 theatre style.

And Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands has refurbished its lobby area.

TFE Hotel’s Regional General Manager, Stephen Moore, said Travelodge Docklands’ lobby transition reflected the growth of corporate travel in the Docklands precinct over the past few years.