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AccorHotels adds two Darwin Hotels to expanding network

AccorHotels has revealed it will increase its presence in the Northern Territory following the takeover of two existing hotels in Darwin, Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort in March 2016.

The owner, RECAP IV Fund managed by SC Capital Partners Group (www.sccpasia.com), is a strategic partner of AccorHotels across the Asia Pacific region with current hotel agreements in Japan, Seoul and Myanmar, and has now entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with AccorHotels to manage its Darwin hotels.

The 136-room Darwin Airport Hotel, located just metres from Darwin International Airport terminal, will undergo an extensive refurbishment program and rebrand as Novotel Darwin Airport.

The neighbouring 181-room Darwin Airport Resort property will rebrand to Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, and a further 108 new-build rooms will be added to the property in 2016. The hotel is currently completing a refurbishment of the public areas.

COO of AccorHotels Pacific Simon McGrath said: “We are pleased to continue our successful partnership with SC Capital Partners Group across Asia Pacific and expand our presence in the Darwin market. Considerable investment is going into the properties to bring them in line with our internationally-renowned midmarket brands Novotel and Mercure and we look forward to taking the properties into a fresh new phase in 2016.

“The Novotel brand already has an award-winning presence in the Top End with Novotel Darwin Atrium which unveiled a multimillion dollar upgrade in 2014. We’re extremely proud of this hotel asset as it has the contemporary Novotel Next generation room concept which is championed by the brand worldwide. We hope to see some great synergies between the Darwin three hotels over the coming months,” concluded Mr McGrath.

Rosie Clarke

Rosie Clarke is managing editor at Multimedia Publishing.

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