Innisfree Hotels, based in Gulf Breeze, Florida, was selected by Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG owns 4,400 hotels under 7 brands) for developing the Holiday Inn Resort on Pensacola Beach. They were chosen from hundreds of hotels flying multiple brand flags. Julian MacQueen, CEO and founder of Innisfree accepted the award at the IHG Americas Investors and Leadership Conference held on October 26th at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas.
Innisfree is the largest employer on Pensacola Beach and the company’s six hotels in the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama are one of the primary economic drivers in the region. The company is poised to break ground on another local hotel development project – a 127 room Hyatt Place Hotel connected to the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport Terminal scheduled to open in the spring of 2013.
Innisfree’s success is a remarkable accomplishment given the company’s regional focus. Economic times are rough everywhere in America but here on the Gulf Coast multiple hurricanes and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill have added serious insult to America’s economic injuries.