The Bangkok-based hotel group revealed on Monday that it has been selected by Perth’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to develop two sites in the Perth City Link project, following a competitive bidding process. It will now invest AU$110 million (US$85m) developing the Avani Hotel and Avani Residences in the capital of Western Australia.
Perth City Link is a new AU$5 billion central development zone adjacent to the Perth Arena. Minor’s first site will be developed into an upscale Avani Hotel offering more than 250 rooms and suites, while the second lot will feature more than 200 Avani-branded one- and two-bedroom serviced apartments. The hotel is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2017.
“We are very excited to announce this new hotel and residential development in the centre of Perth, which represents… a significant investment for the group, the introduction of the Avani brand to Australia, as well as a new destination for Minor Hotel Group within Australia,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group.
“Minor Hotel Group is already well established in the country with the Oaks brand and we have been actively exploring opportunities to bring some of our other brands into the Australasia region. The Perth City Link Development will see the debut of Avani, our dynamic upscale brand, and we are looking forward to working closely with the Western Australian government and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority of Perth to bring this exciting project to fruition.”
Minor entered Australia in 2011 with the acquisition of Oaks Hotels & Resorts, which it has since expanded to more than 50 properties. As yet however, Oaks does not have a presence in Perth.
Some details of the new Avani Hotel in Perth have been revealed, including plans for a rooftop bar, outdoor bars and restaurants, and a public space for events at the front of the property. There will also be pedestrian walkway connecting this space to the Perth Arena.