SYDNEY — Tourism Australia announced this month a number of upcoming hotel openings, new flights and new venues catering to the meetings and events industry.
Marriott International is set to expand across Australia over the next few years. To that end, the hotel company will add to its portfolio the W Brisbane and Aloft Perth in 2017; Four Points by Sheraton Parramatta in 2018; and Sheraton Adelaide Hotel, Aloft Melbourne South Yarra, and Aloft Adelaide in 2019. The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne and The Ritz-Carlton Perth are scheduled to open in 2020 and The Westin Resort & Spa Coolum in 2021.
On Nov. 11, Air China commenced services between Chengdu and Sydney, the airline’s first nonstop route linking a city in west China to Australia. The service will operate three times per week.
The Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney has opened a new conference centre, with capacity for 120 seated guests or up to 200, cocktail-style. The conference centre features its own separate entrance and a mezzanine level with three executive meeting and breakout rooms and an outdoor terrace with views over Pyrmont Bay towards Barangaroo. The museum’s other event spaces include the Lighthouse Gallery, seating up to 400 guests, banquet-style; the deck of an ex-naval destroyer, which can host 200 guests, cocktail-style; and a replica of Captain Cook’s vessel HMB Endeavour, for smaller events of 70 people, cocktail-style or a private banquet for 12.
The historic Lands and Educations buildings in Sydney, known as the ‘Sandstones’, are to be turned into a 250-room luxury hotel following a $300 million AUD redevelopment. Plans include ground-level retail shops, high-end restaurants, and a rooftop garden. The redevelopment is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017.
The Blue Room Bondi is a new function space that has opened in the Bondi Surf Life Saving Club at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The venue, which features ocean views, caters breakfast, lunch and dinner functions for up to 100 guests, or 150, cocktail-style.