The Australian gateway’s managing director, Stephen Byron, explains that the brand was chosen as it aligns best with the airport’s vision for the future.
“Canberra Airport is excited to be embarking on this venture with TFE Hotels, particularly as it strengthens the regional relationship with Singapore, one of Australia’s most important economic, intellectual and trading partners,” Byron says.
TFE Hotels is a joint venture between Australian family-owned company Toga Group and Far East Hospitality, and has a network of more than 65 hotels and serviced apartment complexes.
Byron adds: “An airport hotel has been long envisaged in our master plan and will strengthen the case for international flights and increased domestic capacity by delivering a premium accommodation option for travellers.”
Architectural firm Bates Smart will design the hotel’s building and interior design after winning a design competition conducted last year.
Situated just 150 metres from the entry to the new terminal, the building will be centred around a full height atrium featuring a large ground floor intermingle zone with reception, bar, restaurant and conferencing facilities.
The hotel will have a business travel focus and consist of 191 rooms and suites over seven storeys with sweeping views over Lake Burley Griffin to Parliament House, and across the runway to the east.
The hotel will be built by local firm Construction Control who started work last month and is expected to be completed by October 2015 with the first guests welcomed in November 2015.
Work starts on new Vibe Hotel at Canberra Airport