Sofitel, Minor Hotel Group's Expansion Plans Top Big Week for Australia Hotel News

Halfway through the week and we already have two companies looking to expand to Australia.

It was reported early Tuesday that Bangkok-based hotel group Minor Hotel Group will launch its Avani brand in Australia with the addition of two new properties in Perth.

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Minor Hotel Group was selected by Perth’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to develop two sites in the Perth City Link project, following a competitive bidding process. It will now invest about $85 million developing the Avani Hotel and Avani Residences in the capital of Western Australia.

Minor entered Australia in 2011 with the acquisition of Oaks Hotels & Resorts, which it has since expanded to more than 50 properties. As of yet, however, Oaks does not have a presence in Perth.

The news came on the heels of the announcement that Sofitel Adelaide, a new Sofitel-branded hotel, is expected to open in Adelaide, South Australia, in late 2018. This will be the first Sofitel property to be built in South Australia.

The 32-story construction will have 250 rooms and suites, along with 80 apartments occupying the eight top floors. There will also be a restaurant, four bars, a ballroom, swimming pool, health and fitness facilities, meeting and conference rooms and a Sofitel Club Lounge.

Visit www.minorinternational.com and www.sofitel.com. And follow Travel Agent's Joe Pike on Twitter @TravelPike.

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