AccorHotels has increased its presence in the Northern Territory by signing two hotels at Darwin Airport – the Novotel Darwin Airport and the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, formerly the Darwin – Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort.

The 136-room Darwin Airport Hotel, located just metres from Darwin International Airport terminal, will undergo an extensive refurbishment program and rebrand as Novotel Darwin Airport, AccorHotels stated.

The neighbouring 181-room Darwin Airport Resort property will be rebranded as Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. 108 new rooms will also be added to the property during 2016. The hotel is currently completing a refurbishment of the public areas.

Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, said “Considerable investment is going into the properties to bring them in line with our internationally-renowned midmarket brands Novotel and Mercure and we look forward to taking the properties into a fresh new phase in 2016”.

The new signings will join the existing Novotel Darwin Atrium and the network of AccorHotels in the Northern Territory, which include the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, four properties at Ayers Rock Resort, ibis Styles Katherine and ibis Styles Alice Springs.

“The Novotel brand already has an award-winning presence in the Top End with Novotel Darwin Atrium which unveiled a multimillion dollar upgrade in 2014. We’re extremely proud of this hotel asset as it has the contemporary Novotel Next generation room concept which is championed by the brand worldwide. We hope to see some great synergies between the Darwin three hotels over the coming months,” concluded Mr McGrath.