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Accor breaks ground on new US$163m hotel in Melbourne Airport

464-room hotel to serve city’s burgeoning conference and tourism markets

From left, Accor Pacific COO Simon McGrath, Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Property Linc Horton, Victorian Tourism Minister Martin Pakula, and Built Director Vic & SA Ross Walker breaking ground at the new property.
From left, Accor Pacific COO Simon McGrath, Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Property Linc Horton, Victorian Tourism Minister Martin Pakula, and Built Director Vic & SA Ross Walker breaking ground at the new property.

MELBOURNE - Accor is building a brand-new hotel at Melbourne Airport to support growing traveller numbers to the Australian city.

The 464-room hotel, created to serve Melbourne's burgeoning conference and tourism markets, is located near Terminal 4 within a new precinct known as "The Hive".

Accor said the 10-storey dual-branded property will operate under the Novotel and ibis Styles' brands - rated four and three stars respectively. It will open in 2021.

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Accor said the new hotel will offer great state-of-the-art conferencing.

Accor's chief operating officer for the Pacific, Simon McGrath, said the hotel will offer "great accommodation, amenities and state-of-the-art conferencing".  

"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," said Mr McGrath.

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.

"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," said Mr Horton.

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

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 10,000 sqm.