The first sod was turned on Monday on the construction of a dual-branded hotel at Melbourne Airport.
The 464-room hotel to be operated under the Novotel and ibis Stylesâ€™ brands, was created to serve Melbourneâ€™s burgeoning conference and tourism markets. It will be located steps from Terminal 4 within a new precinct known as The Hive.
Future hotel guests can expect gym and pool facilities, a cafĂ©, bar and restaurant as well as conference rooms.
Melbourne Airportâ€™s chief of property Linc Horton said the project represents the airportâ€™s latest milestone in supporting the state as it moves toward becoming Australiaâ€™s biggest city.
Horton said: â€śWe believe this new development will bring a much needed social hub to our space (that brings) visitors and business colleagues together on the doorstep of the airport with access to more than 650 flights per day.
â€śImportantly, it will also open up around 120 job opportunities for hospitality and tourism staff â€“ a huge boost for the City of Hume.â€ť
Simon McGrath, Accorâ€™scChief operating officer Pacific, said: â€śWorldwide, Accor is an airport hotel specialist and we continue to innovate and lead in this sector.
â€śWe are excited to be working with Melbourne Airport on this significant development and thrilled to be embarking on another dual-branded hotel complex with our internationally recognised Novotel and ibis Styles brands.”
McGrath added: â€śWith more than 650 flights in and out of Melbourne Airport every day, weâ€™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.â€ť
The dual-branded hotel, constructed by Built Director Vic & SA, will open in 2021.