Accor’s new-build hotels at Brisbane Airport are being warmly welcomed.
Two new hotels and a conference centre at Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal will deliver the ultimate in convenience for business and leisure travellers and generate additional spending in Queensland’s visitor economy, according to peak national industry body Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF).
A 130-room Pullman and a 243-room Ibis will be built, offering restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as conference, meeting and event space for up to 600 people, with works to begin in early 2015.
TTF Acting Chief Executive Trent Zimmerman said the hotels will be a terrific addition to Brisbane Airport.
“Located at Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal, these new hotels will deliver new levels of accessibility and convenience for travellers,” Zimmerman said.
“Hotels at airport terminals are commonplace in other cities around the world and this project will allow Brisbane Airport to offer that same ease and convenience and deliver on Brisbane’s positioning as Australia’s New World City.
“These hotels will add to the Novotel Brisbane Airport, which has enjoyed strong occupancy, and give visitors more accommodation options, especially for people transiting through Brisbane en route to other destinations or connecting to early morning flights.
“They will also create 1000 jobs during construction and up to 350 jobs once the hotels are operational, generating millions of dollars in visitor expenditure.
“The additional room stock and business events facilities will also help Queensland’s aim of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.
“Congratulations to Brisbane Airport and Accor on today’s announcement.”
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, has welcomed the announcement of Brisbane Airport’s first 5-star hotel development.
The $150 million project will be developed by the Flynn Property Group and Scott Flynn Properties and will include a multi-level Accor branded 5-star hotel (Pullman) and a 3.5 star hotel (Ibis) as well as the Brisbane Airport Conference & Meeting Centre and additional ancillary infrastructure.
“Located at the Brisbane Domestic Precinct, this hotel and conference centre development will truly be a world class facility attracting events and visitors,” Alroe said.
“Brisbane Airport directly contributes approximately $3.3 billion to the Queensland economy and this development will be a great addition to the business, conference and leisure market.
“The Novotel Brisbane Airport located in the Skygate precinct has been a major success with high occupancy rates and more than 350,000 guests since opening and all indications are that ongoing visitor demand will ensure this new project will be successful.”
International and domestic passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport increased by more than 480,000 in FY14 to 21.8 million with passenger numbers forecast to grow to 38 million per year in the next 20 years.
“The new Brisbane Airport Conference & Meeting Centre will particularly be a great asset for the airport to cater for a range of corporate and business needs,” Alroe said.
“The new hotels and conference centre will have safe and convenient vehicle access and are ideally located within easy access to the Domestic Terminal and connection via the Airtrain to the CBD.
“Brisbane Airport is also becoming a significant job creater for the State and this project will add another 1000 jobs on and off airport during construction.
“Our clear vision for property development at the airport is to create a place that complements the CBD and supports the economic and cultural growth of Brisbane and Queensland and it is important that we continue to create a place that provides convenience and enhances the passenger experience,” Alroe said.