Saturday, September 22, 2018

Renovated office building opens as hotel in ACT

Formerly an office tower, which has been transformed into a 176-room hotel as part of the city’s vibrant urban renewal program, MacArthur Hotel is the only new hotel to open in Canberra in 2017.

Canberra’s new MacArthur Hotel was officially opened on October 16 to meet the growing demand for hotel capacity in the nation’s capital.

HTI group director Adam Howarth said feedback on the $19 million retrofit has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Northbourne Avenue’s regeneration has been largely the product of major knockdown-rebuild projects but, instead of sending the 10-storey building to landfill or concrete recyclers, we’ve transformed it into a full-service hotel in what looks like a brand new building,” said Mr Howarth.

“The former building is barely recognisable and, while the main precast facade elements of the original office building were retained, the remainder was stripped back to a bare shell to allow us to create a modern hotel.”

Australian minister for trade, tourism and investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, congratulated HTI Group on today’s hotel opening and its commitment and contribution to the country’s tourism economy.

“It’s great to visit the new MacArthur Hotel,” said Minister Ciobo.

“In the year to June 2017, Canberra saw 2.8 million domestic and international visitors and recorded a spend of over $2 billion, according to Tourism Research Australia.”

ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay MLA welcomed the opening of Canberra’s newest hotel.

“Investment in new hotel stock will support growing demand for business and leisure visitors to Canberra,” said minister Ramsay.

“It also demonstrates investor confidence in our city and the opportunity extending from anticipated future economic growth will make Canberra even better.”

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