The first sod was turned yesterday on the construction of a new hotel at Melbourne Airport to support growing traveller numbers and address constraints in hotel occupancy.

The 464-room hotel, created to serve Melbourne’s burgeoning conference and tourism markets, will be located steps from Terminal 4 within a new precinct known as ‘The Hive’.

The 10-storey hotel will be dual-branded operating under the Novotel and ibis Styles’ brands rated four and three stars respectively, offering guests gym and pool facilities, a café, bar and restaurant plus conference room facilities.

“It is really exciting to bring such a great new hotel concept to one of the great travel destinations in Australia – Melbourne, giving travellers more choice and amenity,” 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.”

Simon McGrath, Accor’s chief operating officer Pacific, said Accor is an airport hotel specialist and continues 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,” he said. “This newest member of the Accor Group is a vibrant airport precinct development, which captures the essence of Melbourne through its interiors and warm welcome to guests.

“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 will open in 2021.

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