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Construction of hotel at Mackay Airport starts

North Queensland Airports has signed an agreement with Accor, that will see a hotel built at Mackay Airport.

Accor will develop a 152-room economy hotel under its brand, ibis, which will be mixed use development and located in the Mackay Airport precinct, just outside the main terminal building.

The hotel will also be the first purpose-built international standard economy hotel in Mackay.

Ibis Mackay Airport will feature 152 guest rooms and boost the region, which supports a thriving mining, agricultural and industrial business centre and is a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

Construction of the facility is underway with a scheduled opening in mid-2015, and once operational, it will employ around 40 people.

NQA (North Queensland Airports Group) CEO, Kevin Brown, explains his company is pleased to announce the partnership with Accor and their ibis brand: "We are proud to be investing in this exciting development for Mackay Airport and to partner with one of the world’s best known hotel brands to operate the finished product.

“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."

The hotel is part of a 20-year vision for Mackay Airport, which includes around A$900M construction projects to create a Terminal Business Zone and Commercial and Aviation Precincts on the Mackay Airport land holdings.

COO Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath, says it will be a key development for Mackay as domestic air travel between major and regional Australian cities continues to grow: "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.

“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."

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