New ibis hotel for Mackay Airport

first_imgAccor is set to open a new 152-room Ibis hotel, in Mackay, after signing an agreement with North Queensland Airports/ Mackay Airport Pty Ltd, who will develop the multi-million dollar mixed use hotel.This will be the first purpose-built international standard economy hotel in Mackay and will be located in the Mackay Airport precinct, becoming a key development for Mackay as domestic air travel between major and regional Australian cities continues to grow.“As the economy hotel sector continues to be the fastest growing market in global travel, with the rapid expansion of low-cost carriers servicing regional cities, the addition of quality and affordable accommodation at Mackay Airport will stimulate travel from a range of markets and cater to the needs of the various sectors that require airport accommodation on a regular basis,” Accor Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath said.“Mackay Airport is one of Queensland’s busiest regional airports and currently handles around one million passengers annually, which is only set to grow, making new infrastructure such as the ibis hotel crucial for Mackay and its tourism industry and to service the major resource centres of the Bowen and Galilee Basins.”With the Ibis brand offering very contemporary design, premium bedding and outstanding use of space, the new ibis Mackay Airport hotel will provide guests with a premium economy experience.Meanwhile, North Queensland Airports Group (NQA) chief executive officer, Kevin Brown, said his company is pleased to announce the partnership.“The hotel project and the development of the associated airport infrastructure around it represent an investment by NQA of around $30million. It is the first development in our 20 year vision for Mackay Airport which represents an almost $1 billion investment in the future of Mackay,” Mr Brown said.Scheduled to open in mid 2015, the new ibis hotel will provide a convenient accommodation option for passengers travelling through Mackay Airport and will be a major boost for the region which supports a thriving mining, agricultural and industrial business centre and is a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img