By Chris C., December 1 2014

Welcoming business travellers from today are the Mercure Penrith and Novotel Geelong hotels, taking over from the previous Chifley Hotel Penrith and the Four Points by Sheraton Geelong properties, respectively.

The 223-room Mercure Penrith hotel has meeting space to accommodate up to 1,500 delegates in Greater Western Sydney at the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

In Geelong, the Novotel is on the waterfront within the city’s CBD. In addition to the 109 guest rooms, the seven-level hotel also features a restaurant, bar, five large function rooms, a pool and a fitness centre.

“Areas such as Geelong and Penrith have been targeted for major infrastructure projects that will attract both significant business travel as well as larger local populations as a result of increased work opportunities and proximity to Melbourne and Sydney respectively,” said Accor Pacific COO Simon McGrath.

“Recently the City of Geelong proposed the construction of an international convention and exhibition centre on the Geelong waterfront with the capacity to cater for up to 1,000 delegates, while Western Sydney has been identified for large-scale transport upgrades, including Badgery’s Creek Airport.”

Members of Le Club Accorhotels can now earn and redeem points at the Mercure Penrith and Novotel Geelong hotels, while top-tier members receive their usual perks such as free room upgrades and in-room Internet access.

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Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

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