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 Styles’ brands, was created to serve Melbourne’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 café, bar and restaurant as well as conference rooms.
Melbourne Airport’s chief of property Linc Horton said the project represents the airport’s latest milestone in supporting the state as it moves toward becoming Australia’s biggest city.
Horton said: “We 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.
“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’scChief operating officer Pacific, said: “Worldwide, Accor is an airport hotel specialist and we continue to innovate and lead in this sector.
“We 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: “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, constructed by Built Director Vic & SA, will open in 2021.