Work began today (August 26) on constructing two new hotels and a 18,675ft2 conference center at Brisbane Airport in Australia.
The AU$150m (US$107m) project will see the construction of two Accor-branded hotels, the 5-star Pullman Brisbane Airport and the 3.5-star Ibis Brisbane Airport, as well as the Brisbane Airport Conference Centre. It will create an estimated 1,000 jobs during construction and a further 300 to 350 jobs once open.
Scott Flynn, managing director of Scott Flynn Properties, one of the joint owners and developers of the project, said, “This is an exciting development opportunity, and not just for us as owners, but for the airport and for Brisbane. There’s nothing like it here in Brisbane. We’re confident its combined facilities and unbeatable airport location will make this venue a major player in the hotel and conference market when it opens in September 2017.”
Julieanne Alroe, CEO and managing director for Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), the airport operator, said, “The construction of these hotels and conference center in the heart of Brisbane Airport’s busy Domestic Terminal is an indication of the strong future passenger growth we expect.
“With this growth in mind, it is essential as a preferred gateway to Australia that the construction of quality new facilities in Brisbane continues so we can support the visitors who will, in turn, support the economic and cultural growth of Brisbane and Queensland.”
The 10-level Pullman hotel will feature 130 rooms, an upscale restaurant, a lounge bar, leisure and lap pools, an executive club lounge and business center. The adjoining nine-level Ibis Brisbane Airport will offer 243 rooms, alfresco dining and a stylish roof-top bar with panoramic views across the airport.