Mackay Airport will get its first hotel in mid-2015 as the Ibis Mackay Airport hotel opens for business.
Located just outside the main terminal building and already under construction, the property boasts 152 rooms within walking distance of the airline check-in desks.
Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath, said that Mackay’s domestic air travel market continues to grow, particularly through the expansion of low-cost airlines servicing regional cities.
“Mackay Airport is one of Queensland’s busiest regional airports and currently handles around one million passengers annually,” McGrath added.
Once fully operational, the hotel will employ around 40 staff.
North Queensland Airports Group CEO Kevin Brown said: “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 $1billion investment in the future of Mackay.”
Brisbane Airport will also get a 3.5-star Ibis hotel in 2016 along with an adjacent five-star Pullman, with the Sunshine State playing host to Australasia’s largest Ibis hotel in the same year with the opening of the Ibis Brisbane Elizabeth Street.
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