TRANSFORMED CANBERRA OFFICE BUILDING OPENS AS MANTRA MACARTHUR HOTEL
Canberra's new Mantra MacArthur Hotel was officially opened today (16 October) by Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo MP and ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay MLA, to meet the growing demand for hotel capacity in the nation's capital.
Formerly an office tower, which has been transformed into a 176-room hotel as part of the city's vibrant urban renewal program, Mantra MacArthur Hotel is the only new hotel to open in Canberra in 2017.
The hotel is operated by Mantra Group, the leading Australian-based hotel and resort operator with 129 properties across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii, and is owned by Canberra developer HTI Group.
Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East said the property provides a much-needed new hotel offering to support the growth of international and domestic tourism in Canberra.
"New hotels in key precincts play a critical role in promoting a vibrant visitor economy while meeting the needs of growing visitor numbers to Canberra, attracting first-time and returning domestic and international travellers," said Mr East.
"We're thrilled to partner with local developer HTI Group on this project, which is a win for the economic growth of Canberra from both a tourism and jobs creation perspective."
The opening of Mantra MacArthur Hotel now sees Mantra Group operating just under 500 rooms across four hotels in Canberra.
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."
Mantra MacArthur Hotel anchors Canberra's new mixed-use Midtown precinct, which will also include residential units, office space and a range of cafes and restaurants.
Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, congratulated Mantra Group and 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 Mantra 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."
"I congratulate Mantra Group and HTI Group for their vision in converting this former office building into an attractive new hotel for visitors coming to stay in the nation's capital."
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."
Designed by AMC Architecture, the hotel boasts a modern industrial design and features 136 hotel rooms and 40 suites, as well as the new Podilato restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean-style cuisine, a fully equipped gym, conference and meeting spaces, car parking, an internet lounge and 24-hour reception.
There is an opening special from $129* per night in a Studio Room including1GB Wi-Fi daily, drink voucher on arrival and 12pm late check-out. To book, visit MantraHotels.com or call 1300 987 603.
Mantra MacArthur Hotel is located at 219 Northbourne Avenue in Canberra's inner city suburb of Turner. The hotel is located close to the central business district, the Australian National University and has a light rail stop, which seamlessly connects the hotel with the city, directly outside the hotel.
For more information visit www.mantrahotels.com/mantra-macarthur-hotel
*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale and travel until 31 January, 2018.
About Mantra Group
Mantra Group is the leading Australian-based hotel and resort operator. Mantra Group's portfolio consists of 129 properties with more than 22,000 rooms in properties under management, across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii. Operating three well-known and trusted brands – Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree - MantraGroup operates the second largest network of accommodation properties in Australia (by room number). The Group is positioned to offer both leisure and business style accommodation ranging from full-service city hotels and self-contained apartments to luxury resorts and retreats. The Group successfully listed on the ASX in June 2014 and in its first year as a public company was elevated to the ASX 200:
www.mantragroup.com.au; www.peppers.com.au; www.mantra.com.au; www.breakfree.com.au