The first sod has been turned on the construction of a brand-new hotel at Melbourne Airport to support growing traveler numbers and address constraints in the supply of hotel accommodation on airport.
The 464-room hotel, created to serve Melbourne’s burgeoning conference and tourism markets, will be located steps from Terminal 4 within a brand-new precinct known as The Hive.
The 10-story hotel will be dual-branded, operating under the Novotel and ibis Styles brands, which are rated four and three stars, respectively. It will feature gym and pool facilities, a café, bar and restaurant, and conference room facilities.
“It is really exciting to bring such a great new hotel concept to one of the great travel destinations in Australia,” said Melbourne Airport’s chief of property Linc 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.”
The dual-branded hotel will open in 2021. It will be the first major development to open in The Hive, which will also feature a childcare facility to cater to the airport’s 20,000-strong workforce as well as office space ranging from 1,000m2 to 10,000m2 (10,760ft2 to 107,600ft2).