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Up and coming Queensland hotel developer Kenneth Wagner has chosen Mooloolaba to build his second hotel project, partnering with iconic international hotel brand Avani.

The hotel has been designed to attract visitors with upscale taste whilst maintaining a relaxed Sunshine Coast vibe.

The Wagner family has a successful track record in development and construction and Kenneth’s knowledge of the industry led him to establish his own independent hotel development group.

Wagner shares, “The Avani brand can create value for Mooloolaba’s beachside location with a recognisable brand plus corporate accommodation arrangements and online sales.

“Most travellers research accommodation online. Big brands with multiple properties tend to perform better on booking sites than single, non-branded properties,” he said.

A five-star experience

Image: Hotel perspective corner First Avenue, Brisbane Road Mooloolaba

The Avani will inject a fresh, sophisticated presence to the Mooloolaba hospitality precinct and has been designed to appeal to a diverse range of guests, including those who may have previously overlooked the Sunshine Coast.

With its full-service operation, five-star amenities and upscale design, the venue will cater not just to holiday makers, but to corporate groups and those hosting or attending special events.

The entire top floor will be dedicated to events, with high-end, high-tech facilities for meetings, conferences and private functions.

The location for laid-back luxury

Known for its laid-back luxury, the Avani brand offers a sophisticated tone that will balance a luxurious experience with the Sunshine Coast’s no-worries attitude.

With 180 rooms and suites, four restaurants, a kids’ club, spa and rooftop pool and bar, Avani Mooloolaba Beach is set to be a markedly elevated option for accommodation in one of Australia’s most adored coastal destinations.

Positioned on the corner of Brisbane Road and First Avenue, the project will transform the ground level into a hot spot for holiday makers and locals to gather, dine and shop.

The hotel is located just steps away from the spectacular Mooloolaba Foreshore Park, which is currently undergoing significant revitalisation. Sunshine Coast Council is spearheading the project, which will see public beachfront parkland increased by 40 per cent with new community spaces, enhanced family facilities and accessible amenities.

Combined with significant revegetation, new planting and protection of the foreshore, the project will deliver major economic benefit to Mooloolaba and further position the famous esplanade as a world-class destination for locals and visitors.

Construction of Avani Mooloolaba Beach is set to break ground in 2023 and welcome guests in 2025.

Image: Hotel perspective corner First Avenue, Brisbane Road Mooloolaba

Demand for hotel development

Sunshine Coast Council is actively seeking to attract up to 1800 new-build internationally branded and operated hotel rooms over the next decade.

The region has recorded year-on-year growth in visitation and has recently posted some of the highest ADRs in Australia, however current hotel supply – especially internationally-branded hotels – is unable to satisfy demand.

The combination of a rapidly growing local population, strong economic growth and investment in region-shaping projects provide a solid platform for a prosperous and exciting future for the region.

Bolstered by $12.5 billion in region-shaping projects, a beneficiary of South-East Queensland’s Demand for hotel development $1.3 billion City Deal (announced in March 2022) and an important host region to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Sunshine Coast needs more hotel rooms to support the visitor economy across a range of market segments including leisure, business, MICE (Meetings, Events, Incentives & Exhibitions), sport, health, education and VFR travellers.

A steady entry of new hotel rooms across key commercial and leisure precincts is required to meet the growth of both domestic and international visitors to the region, and the delivery of quality, internationally- branded hotels as an integral part of these precincts is required to meet the expectations of a diverse cross-section of modern travellers.

The opportunity to share in this prosperous future by investing in new, internationally-branded hotels has never been better.

Attracting international visitors

The Sunshine Coast has long been seen as an idyllic holiday destination for the perfect beaches, recreation opportunities, and fantastic dining options.

The region is now on the radar for a growing number of international travellers.

In addition to the recent UNESCO Biosphere Reserve accolade, the Sunshine Coast boasts an incredible schedule of events, from marathons to musical acts.

As international travel becomes the norm again the Sunshine Coast is ready with a new international runway and a growing number of flights to service travellers demands, including international connections.

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