A former Best Western hotel at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast has been relaunched under the Mercure brand in a franchise agreement between Accor and owners Stay Centro GC.
Built in 2015, Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters is located in Stockland’s large-scale Lake Kawana development.
The waterfront hotel offers 81 suites across four floors, a restaurant and bar, two function rooms and car parking and is 20 minutes from the burgeoning Sunshine Coast Airport.
Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific’s chief operating officer, says the Mercure is a welcome addition to a region “on the precipice of a significant tourism boom, with major infrastructure works underway set to elevate the destination”.
“The Sunshine Coast has experienced significant tourism increases into the region as of late,” he said.
“Such positive visitation growth figures are buoyed by significant tourism investment and major infrastructure projects which will elevate the destination, including construction of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of Maroochydore CBD, expansion of the Sunshine Coast International Airport to bring it up to a global standard, in addition to another runway which will increase air capacity.
“The delivery of a major international submarine broadband cable mid-2020 is set to position the Sunshine Coast as a leading ‘smart city’ stimulating business even more, in addition to significant investment into the University of the Sunshine Coast as well as a major upgrade to the region’s largest shopping precinct, Sunshine Coast Plaza.
“The destination’s already strong business events market is set for even greater growth opportunities with the recent completion of the $10 million Sunshine Coast Convention Centre.”
The hotel is adjacent to both Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital and Sunshine Coast Private University Hospital, which currently offer 621 beds with plans to increase to 909 beds by 2021.
Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters joins a network of some 50 Mercure hotels across Australia and New Zealand.
Michael Carr, Stay Centro GC’s CEO, said, “We are delighted to partner with Accor on this new venture at such an exciting time for the destination, and look forward to welcoming both corporate and leisure guests to the Sunshine Coast with the Mercure brands’ internationally renowned authentic, locally inspired service.”