To open in mid-2019, the $70 million Mantra Epping Melbourne is a 214-room four-star hotel, 26 km north of Melbourne’s central business district.
The property, being developed by Too Build with Mantra as the operator, features hotel rooms and apartments, a café/restaurant, brewhouse, conference and meeting facilities, gymnasium, and an open car park and secure bicycle storage.
It is located near Melbourne’s new wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower market and the Northern Hospital.
Ian Wilson (left), who heralds from country South Australia, was in ICHM’s inaugural year, 1993. As well as Managing Director of Too Build, he is also co-founder.
He says ICHM provided him with a global perspective of experiences and opportunities.
‘When I started at ICHM my goal when graduating was to move back to the country and one day own my own pub. After three years at college and travelling to France and Canada I was hooked on the international hotel industry.
'The last 22 years have been an incredible journey thanks to those early years of education, travel and industry contacts at ICHM.’
Too Build is a property development group with projects ranging from hotel developments, brew-pubs and mixed-use developments.
Ian is also co-founder and Managing Director of brewing company Dickson’s Mill Distribution, which has the exclusive distributor of Smart Brew, a modern craft brewing model.
He was previously a co-founder of Hostec International, which over a period of 14 years became a leading provider of Human Resource Services and Education to the Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure industries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Ian’s career in hotel operations spans a Hyatt graduate corporate management program and operational roles with Hilton and Hyatt. He has been personally involved in commercial real-estate investment/asset management for more than 20 years.
His industry placements while at ICHM were at Beaufort Heritage Brisbane, Sofitel Arc de Triomphe Paris and Hilton Airport Montreal.
Ian and his family have been based in Melbourne since 2012, after 17 years in Sydney.