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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort has revealed highlights of a multi-million-dollar renovation due for completion ahead of the peak season this December.

Guest rooms, public areas, bars, restaurant and conference rooms have all undergone a refresh to better reflect, say its operators, the four and a half-star hotel’s position as one of the premier accom properties in the city.

“We are just coming out the other side of what has been an extensive 15-month renovation project designed to completely revitalise the property,” said Novotel Cairns Oasis General Manager, Scott Grant.

“We’re very excited about the hotel’s new look, which we think captures the spirit of Far North Queensland and everything the Novotel brand has to offer business, leisure and family holiday guests.”

Novotel Cairns poolside

The first phase, already completed, includes revitalised food and drink venues MOKU Bar & Grill and MOKU Beach Club, the latter serving margaritas and martinis poolside at Cairns’ only swim-up bar.

Five revamped meeting spaces have also been relaunched to tap into the market for small to medium events and conferences.

The final phase of refurbishment, which will conclude in December, is focused on Novotel’s 314 guest rooms and includes feature timber-style flooring and cabinetry, a teal and purple soft furnishings colour palate, Smart TVS and private balconies.

“In our refurbished guest rooms, we’ve tried to evoke the spirit of a modern oasis for guests through our carefully curated update, inspired by the tropics,” said Grant.

The Shakespeare property group resort, set in two hectares of grounds close to Cairns’ Reef Fleet Terminal cruise departure point, is one of the city’s best-known tourist accom businesses.

Garden growth

The Wyndham Garden Suites brand will make its Australian debut with a 120-room hotel in Brisbane’s Spring Hill from September 2021.

Designed for both the short and extended-stay market, the property will operate under a franchise agreement between the US giant Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and owner Image Developments.

A pool, fitness centre, restaurant and meeting rooms will feature among its facilities.

President of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ South-East Asia and Pacific Rim arm, Joon Aun Ooi, said: “Brisbane’s tourism industry is booming, with visitor expenditure surging ten percent in the year ending March 2019, including an impressive 15 per cent jump in international revenues, making this the perfect time to add our third brand to Brisbane.

“The launch of the Wyndham Garden brand will give even more choice to domestic and international guests travelling to Australia and we look forward to introducing the Wyndham Garden concept to even more destinations worldwide.”

Station master

Quest has announced a new 77-apartment hotel to be built as part of the multi-million-dollar redevelopment of Ballarat Station in regional Victoria.

Located close to the railway providing direct access to the Melbourne CBD, the hotel is part of a project which will see a former goods shed converted into a multi-purpose convention centre and multi-level car park with shops, restaurants and a transport interchange.

Quest general manager for growth, James Shields, said: “This investment is transforming the precinct into a commercial hub that will attract major events, restaurants and retail to the City of Ballarat.

“We look forward to opening our second property in town with the completion of Quest Ballarat Station.”

Quest Ballarat Station is one of eleven new Quest properties opening across Australia and New Zealand over the next two years. Construction work is underway, with the development expected to be completed by early 2021.

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