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Monday 2 September 2019

Melbourne Airport to get two hotels in one

Melbourne Airport is to get a new dual-branded 464-room international hotel. 

The $163 million project by Accor will see hotels operating under the Novotel and ibis Styles' brands.

The first sod was turned today on the construction site of a hotel designed to serve Melbourne's  conference and tourism markets, It will be located steps from Terminal 4 within a brand new precinct known as 'The Hive'.

The 10-storey hotel will feature brands rated four and three stars, offering guests gym and pool facilities, a café, bar and restaurant plus conference room facilities.

Melbourne Airport's chief of property Linc Horton said the project represents the airport's latest milestone in supporting the Melbourne as it moves toward becoming Australia's biggest city.

“It is really exciting to bring such a great new hotel concept to one of the great travel destinations in Australia – Melbourne, giving travellers more choice and amenity,” said Horton. 

“We believe this new development will bring a much needed social hub to our space bringing visitors and business colleagues together on the doorstep of the airport with access to more than 650 flights per day.

“Importantly, it will also open up around 120 job opportunities for hospitality and tourism staff – a huge boost for the City of Hume.”

Simon McGrath, Accor's Chief Operating Officer Pacific, said: “With more than 650 flights in and out of Melbourne Airport every day, we're confident that this hotel will quickly become a new destination in itself for passengers, offering easy access to a choice of great accommodation, amenities and state-of-the-art conferencing, just steps away from Terminal 4.”

The dual-branded hotel will open in 2021.The hotel is the first major development to kick-start the Hive precinct, which will also feature a childcare facility to cater to the airport's 20,000 strong workforce as well as office space ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 square metres.

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