AccorHotels is expanding throughout Australia and New Zealand via four airport hotels in the works at a cost of US$697 million. They include Pullman Sydney Airport, Pullman and ibis Brisbane Airport, Mercure Newcastle Airport and the recently opened ibis Mackay Airport.
AccorHotels Pacific COO, Simon McGrath, said Australia is going through a strong level of new hotel development. "Importantly, the hotel development boom is coming at a time of major investment in infrastructure, including airports and convention centres,” he told TTG Asia. “The development of these facilities will be important to absorb the new supply, but equally, the construction of the new venues and attractions rely on new accommodation being added.”
McGrath also said that airline access has been crucial to Australia’s growth in inbound travel. “China and India continue to be powerhouses, along with other Asian destinations such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – all of which are growing airline services to Australian ports.”