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 & Transport Forum.
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,” Mr 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.”