A new 42 room motel to be built in Port Augusta by Ecomotel P/L will encourage more high-yield travellers to the region.
While visiting Port Augusta South Australia’s tourism minister Leon Bignell said the state government had contributed $120,000 to the project under its Tourism Development Support Program.
“This new Ecomotel will be a significant boost for Port Augusta and the wider Flinders Ranges’ tourism industry,” Mr Bignell said. “The environmentally sustainable, rammed earth motel will go a long way to improving the region’s undersupply of four-star premium accommodation.”
Construction will start next month and stage one of the development, with 22 rooms, will be completed by October this year, with stage two delivering a further eight rooms by June next year.
The motel will be finished in 2018 with a total of 42 new rooms.
The Ecomotel aligns with the state tourism plan’s aims of increasing four and five-star accommodation in regional areas and encouraging further investment in the state’s tourism assets and experiences.
Proprietor of Ecomotel Alan McMahon said the development was vital to the region. “This exciting new project will provide much needed accommodation for Port Augusta and provide local employment opportunities. The government’s assistance has been instrumental and I look forward to working with them to achieve the best possible result,” Mr McMahon said.