New hotel poised to open at Mackay airport

Accor’s Ibis hotel is on track to be completed by May and will offer about 40 full-time jobs.


AT A time when the job market may be tough, there is hope on the horizon.
A new hotel is poised to open at Mackay Airport, bringing a huge economic boost to the region.
Mackay Airport general manager Rob Porter said construction of the new Ibis Mackay Airport hotel was on schedule.
The project is expected to hit its targeted May completion date.
Construction on the 152-room hotel began in May last year.
“This is the first project of our $1 billon development vision for Mackay Airport as central Queensland’s Multimodal Integrated Transport Hub, providing core infrastructure and economic opportunities for the region that consolidate Mackay’s role in servicing the Bowen and Galilee Basin resource centres,” Mr Porter said.
“This long-term strategic vision is in alignment with the goals of the Diversify Mackay Leadership Alliance to take Mackay forward.
“It’s been exciting to see the hotel coming up out of the ground. With the shell virtually complete construction is now moving to the next phase.”
Mr Porter said jobs had been kept in the region when scouting for workers who were employed on the project.
“We are pleased to be working with locally based company Woollam Constructions and many local sub-contractors on the hotel project, which is generating up to 250 on- and off-site construction jobs with excellent flow-on benefits to the regional economy,” he said.
“Once it is operational from mid-year the hotel will directly generate around 40 full-time equivalent jobs plus many more indirect jobs.
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