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Article from BTNews 9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Accor doubles up at Melbourne

Work has begun on a new 464-room dual-brand hotel at Melbourne Airport under the Accor flag. A 2021 opening date has been set for the property, which is designed to serve Melbourne’s fast-growing conference and visitor market.

The 10-storey building (below) will be steps from Terminal 4 within a new precinct known as The Hive. It will operate under Accor’s 4-star Novotel and 3-star ibis Styles’ brands with conference room and fitness facilities plus a café, bar and restaurant.

Melbourne Airport chief of property Linc Horton said the project represented the airport’s latest milestone in supporting the state as it moved toward becoming Australia’s biggest city.

He added: “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 a day.”

The hotel is the first major development to kick-start the airport’s 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 10,000sq m.

Accor chief operating officer Pacific Simon McGrath said: “As an airport hotel specialist, we are excited to be working on this significant development and embarking on another dual-branded hotel complex.”



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