AccorHotels, which is already Australia’s largest hotel operator, has continued to expand its nationwide portfolio with the addition of four new properties.
Announced at the Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) in Melbourne, the new properties include two new-build hotels and two rebrandings in three key Australian cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The two new-builds include the 240-room Mercure Sydney Bankstown hotel, which will open in late 2017 as part of a AU$60 million (US$46m) mixed-use development in western Sydney, and the 238-room Novotel Brisbane South Bank, which will open close to the Brisbane Convention Centre in late 2018.
AccorHotels has also expanded its economy hotel collection with the rebranding of the former Tune Hotel in Melbourne, which now becomes the 235-room ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, and an agreement to transform a former backpacker hostel into the 97-room ibis Budget Sydney Central, which is due to open in mid-2017.
“AccorHotels has the largest hotel pipeline in the Asia Pacific region outside of China, with more than 230 hotels and 48,000 rooms in the pipeline. Locally across Australia and New Zealand our development team work very hard to grow our pipeline with a balanced footprint across the luxury and upscale, midscale and economy segments,” said Simon McGrath, the company’s chief operating officer for the Pacific region.
“Within the next two years will see over 10 new hotel projects scheduled to open or commence construction between 2016 and 2018, adding some 2,500 rooms across Australia and New Zealand.”