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Published on : Sunday, November 10, 2013
Celebrating the official opening in Carlton today, Premier Denis Napthine said the Malaysian company Tune Hotel Group had also chosen Melbourne as the hub for its planned expansion throughout Australia and New Zealand.
“Tune Hotel Group’s decision to open its first Australian hotel and base its operations here in Melbourne will create more than 100 direct and indirect local jobs,” Dr Napthine said.
“This decision by Tune Hotel Group is a major vote of confidence in Victoria and our economy.
“Tune Hotel Melbourne brings a new model of accommodation to Australia, and I am very proud that Melbourne is at the forefront of this new tourism concept.
“As Australia’s events capital, Melbourne offers visitors access to world-class sporting and cultural events.”
Tune Hotel Melbourne is located on Swanston Street, Carlton and features nine storeys, 225 rooms, a restaurant, café and residential apartments.
The hotel offers high-quality basics for a minimal price, with a pay-as-you-use system for optional, energy-consuming amenities such as air-conditioning and entertainment.
Dr Napthine said that Tune Hotel Group’s sister company, Air Asia X, was also an important partner for Victoria.
“Air Asia X operates double daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne, promoting visitation and linkages between Malaysia and Victoria,” Dr Napthine said.
“Approximately 40,000 Malaysians live in Victoria, almost 8,000 students study in our state’s world-class universities and more than 90,000 Malaysians visit Victoria each year.
“We are the only Australian state with a presence in Malaysia, and our Victorian Government Business Office was instrumental in building a relationship with the Tune Hotel Group to assist their decision to come to Victoria.”
Dr Napthine previously announced Tune Hotel Group’s investment in Melbourne during the Coalition Government’s Super Trade Mission to South East Asia in June 2013.
Since December 2010, the Coalition Government trade mission program has delivered 65 trade missions, engaging more than 2,300 Victorian businesses in 30 countries, and generating over $3.6 billion in projected new export sales.