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Australia gears up for 2020 infrastructure boom

Ten notable new hotels and venues set to open next year.

A raft of new hotels and venues are opening across Australia in next year.

Tourism Australia’s executive general manager events, Penny Lion, says: “A new era of infrastructure development is underway in Australia and next year we will welcome new accommodation and event spaces that will give international event planners even more options for their business events.”

“With such a range of venues, combined with our welcoming people, expertise in event delivery as well as great international aviation access, there’s really nothing like Australia for business events.”

Here are the notable new venues and hotels set to open in 2020:

Adelaide Oval Hotel, Adelaide 

Adelaide Oval is set to become the first stadium in Australia to feature an integrated hotel with a boutique 138-room property due for completion in September 2020. The venue features 25 event spaces, and caters for up to 3,000 guests for cocktail events. Additionally, groups of up to 14 guests can also partake in a two-hour climb Adelaide Oval’s unique roofline for views of Adelaide Hills and the coast with RoofClimb.

Adelaide’s Festival Plaza, Adelaide

As part of the greater redevelopment of Adelaide’s Festival Plaza and the riverbank, Adelaide Casino is also undergoing an AU$330 million redevelopment, which will see a new six-star, 123-room hotel (main) added to the precinct.

Sofitel, Adelaide

For the first time in South Australia, luxury brand Sofitel is set to open a new 257-room hotel. The new build will feature a restaurant, four bars, health and fitness centre and lounge. The five-star property is a short 14 minute walk from Adelaide’s city centre and is scheduled to open in November next year.

Crowne Plaza, Hobart

An AU$45 million hotel development, Crowne Plaza, is set to open in Hobart’s city centre in March next year. The 235-room hotel will feature a range of meetings facilities, including a ballroom and 24-hour business centre. The newly built hotel is located above the multi-purpose ICON Complex, providing easy access to shops and restaurants, and is a short 10 minute walk to Hobart’s iconic waterfront.

Tasman Hotel, Hobart

The Tasman Hotel (above) will be one of the newest luxury hotels to be introduced into Hobart’s city centre in September next year. The hotel, located in Parliament Square just a six-minute walk from Hobart’s city centre, will feature 128 rooms and suites with carefully restored features and Georgian and Art-Deco design elements throughout. The development will also offer a range of dining experiences inclusive of an upscale restaurant, lobby lounge and whisky bar.

Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Brisbane

From mid-2020, the Port of Brisbane will welcome some of the world’s largest cruise ships following an AU$158 million upgrade to the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal. This will offer more cruise options for incentive groups looking to cruise north from Brisbane to the Whitsunday Islands, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Jewel, Gold Coast

A major Gold Coast infrastructure project, The Jewel, is set to considerably add to the city’s event and accommodation offering. The AU$1 billion complex will feature a five-star hotel, bars, dining options and conference facilities. A 700 sqm ballroom will cater for up to 800 guests for cocktail events. The complex will also include a 633 sqm business centre with five meeting rooms of varying sizes.

W Melbourne

Marriott International is set to open its first W Hotel in Melbourne as part of the AU$1 billion mixed-use luxury development, Collins Arch. Set to open in June 2020, W Melbourne will offer 294 rooms, including 40 suites and the brand’s signature ‘Extreme Wow Suite’, and 851 sqm of event space, which includes a 130-pax ballroom.

Hilton Little Queen Street, Melbourne

Hilton will introduce a new hotel development into Melbourne’s city centre next April. The hotel will feature 244 guest rooms including 10 suites, a restaurant, bar and five event spaces.

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney 

Crowne Plaza is set to return to Sydney’s city centre in early 2020 with a 160-room hotel featuring the hotel’s new flagship design focused on public and flexible spaces. The new property will include a lounge bar, an 80-seat restaurant, and four event spaces that can be combined to form a 300 sqm ballroom.