Australia’s Best Tourism & Leisure Development Revealed

Novotel Brisbane South Bank has added a prestigious Property Council of Australia award to its growing list of accolades, taking home the coveted award for Australia's Best Tourism and Leisure Development at the 2020 Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Novotel Brisbane South Bank triumphed over other category finalists including Victoria's Garden State Hotel, the Adelaide Festival Centra Internal Works Upgrade, and the W Hotel and Brisbane Quarter.

The $70 million hotel opened in 2018 and is managed by Accor under its international Novotel brand.

Positioned on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, the 238-room Novotel Brisbane South Bank is surrounded by 17 hectares of lush parklands, stunning city views and world-class eateries including the property’s very own modern Australian restaurant, Spice Central Kitchen & Bar.

The Kinstone Developments-designed hotel draws inspiration from iconic hotels in Paris, Bangkok and Sydney and perfectly complements its locale.

Key design features, such as floor to ceiling windows in each guestroom, ‘floating’ bathroom sinks, custom-designed modular bedroom furniture, and an open-plan lobby that effortlessly leads into the bar and restaurant, all contributed to this national recognition.

The hotel’s ‘Gold’ status for Accor’s ‘Planet 21’ Sustainable Development Program was also highly regarded. This important commitment was at the forefront of the owner’s minds at all times during development.

"We are immensely proud to be nationally recognised for our contribution to tourism and leisure. Our team is now focused on recovering from the challenges of 2020. We look forward to sharing our hotel with leisure and business guests as the Australian economy grows and tourism to the River City returns from both domestic and international travellers," said Novotel Brisbane South Bank General Manager, Jean-Philippe Lagarde.

The Best Tourism & Leisure Development award nomination examined criteria such as the project vision, corporate social responsibility, user satisfaction, industry perception and more, and was coupled with a detailed site inspection of the property by a National Judging Panel in early February 2020.

The annual Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards celebrate the best and most innovative projects and developments across the country.