Hilton Expands Presence in North Queensland with the signing of Hilton Garden Inn Townsville

Hilton Expands Presence in North Queensland with the signing of Hilton Garden Inn Townsville
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Hilton has announced the signing of Hilton Garden Inn Townsville, adding to Hilton Garden Inn’s fast-growing portfolio of 91 hotels operating across Asia Pacific.

    The Hilton Garden Inn brand is experiencing swift expansion throughout Australasia, boasting three operational hotels and an additional six in the pipeline that will triple our presence over the next five years.

    Under a management agreement with HHNQ Pty Ltd, Hilton will manage the 190-room hotel alongside Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, home of North Queensland Cowboys. The hotel is set to open in 2026.

    Townsville is home to many government services, predominantly in the health and education sectors, and is also one of Australia’s largest military bases.

    The new Hilton Garden Inn Townsville will be centrally located, alongside the new 25,000-seat stadium, and within walking distance to many retail outlets, restaurants, and cafes. The hotel will feature 190 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, a fully equipped gym, and a swimming pool. Natural wonders including the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests, are also within easy access.

    “It brings us great joy to collaborate with HHNQ and introduce Hilton Garden Inn to the thriving city of Townsville,” said Hilton Australasia director Tushar Raniga said. “The hotel will be modular constructed, which is a great way to reduce construction time and lower building costs.

    Michael Graham, director, HHNQ, said the city of Townsville has undergone significant growth since 2020 and is steadily becoming an economic powerhouse supported by a favourable tropical climate and a renewed interest in regional tourism.

    “We know Hilton Garden Inn will be a major asset for the city and one which both locals and visitors can expect reliable, friendly stays and top-tier hospitality from,” Graham said.

    “With construction costs continuing to place pressure on projects in the region, we have also taken a position to support the global trend in modular construction and will be working with a major international manufacturer to deliver all hotel rooms in a modular format.”

    Hilton has 32 trading hotels with 10 in the pipeline across Australasia at present.

    A render of a lounge area of the proposed exterior of the Hilton Garden Inn Townsville.

    Hilton showcases Garden Inn at AHICE

    In other Hilton news, is hosting hotel developers and owners from ANZ at the Asia Pacific Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE APAC) in Adelaide this week, showcasing a new room prototype for its upscale focused service brand, Hilton Garden Inn.

    Hilton’s participation at AHICE APAC, at Adelaide Oval, will showcase the brand’s roadmap for expansion in Australia, leveraging franchised and managed hotel agreement options, and emphasizing robust returns for owners.

    Hilton Garden Inn’s focus on regionalisation caters to diverse guest needs and underscores emerging market prospects within Australia.

    “Hilton Garden Inn hits a sweet spot for owners and travellers alike. Owners have shared with us that they are drawn to Hilton Garden Inn for its efficient kit-of-parts prototype, tailored offerings, and greater flexibility with franchised and managed hotel agreement options. They also value the brand’s ability to leverage Hilton’s powerful commercial engine and regionalisation approach for the Australasia market, all of which help ensure long-term success,” said Raniga.

    The 15th edition of AHICE APAC is on today and tomorrow.

    A render of a room at Hilton Garden Inn Townsville.A render of a room at Hilton Garden Inn Townsville.

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