Accor to dip a toe in coworking sector at Melbourne Airport

Accor will manage a new 1200sqm coworking space at Melbourne Airport, marking hotel giant’s debut in Australia managing an office space in the fast-growing sector.

Accor will manage the two-level coworking space in the “Aerofoil” wing accompanying the 10-level building, which will house the 464-room hotel operating under the four-star Novotel and three-star ibis Styles’ brands and is due to open in 2021. The coworking space will also sit alongside conference facilities.

Melbourne Airport will not be part of coworking business Wojo, which Accor co-owns with developer Bouygues Immobilier. Wojo plans to expand to 50 sites across Europe by 2022.

Accor Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath told The Australian Financial Review the move was a part of his company’s bid to expand its hospitality services to a wider range of commercial real estate assets beyond hotels.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said.