Proposed Holiday Inn for Sunshine Coast ‘the missing ingredient’

A new-build nine-story hotel is being planned for the Sunshine Coast, marking the first internationally-branded hotel in 30 years.

The 167-room Holiday Inn Express branded hotel has been proposed for Maroochydore’s new city centre development.

A gym, pool, hotel bar and lobby and ground-level shops all form part of developer SunCentral’s proposal for the new CBD, which is currently being assessed.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford has welcomed the development, saying attracting new internationally branded accommodation has been a key objective of the organisation.

“The region has such strong visitor demand at the moment – record figures and spend in both the domestic and international markets – but the missing ingredient over the past decade has been the lack of new hotel supply,” he said.

“It was over thirty years ago that Hyatt Coolum, and then Novotel Twin Waters Resort, opened on the Sunshine Coast.

“In recent years Westin has announced hotel plans for the region, and the distinctive Badderam hotel project has been given the go-ahead, but as one of Australia’s most attractive regional tourism economies, we need far more hotel developments to meet the huge demand.”

The Holiday Inn Express proposal follows recent news of the launch of the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre and an expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport to include a new international-capable runway.