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Luxury hotels for the top end and west

09 Aug, 16

DARWIN and Perth will soon be home to two luxury hotels after an announcement by ministers in the Northern Territory and Western Australia earlier this week.

Darwin is to receive a $250 million waterfront hotel, along with Perth where the sod has been turned on a $400 million hotel development owned by the Ritz-Carlton Group.

NT chief minister Adam Giles said: “The development of a world-class hotel will be a ’game changer‘ for tourism in the Top End.”

“The agreement will deliver the government’s objective to meet unsatisfied demand for luxury accommodation in Darwin through a vibrant, integrated development of world-class standard,” Giles said.

The hotel will be developed on waterfront land comprising part of the former Toga site, recently returned to government after 18 months of negotiation.

“The deal builds on the strategic partnership between the government and Landbridge, and reflects both parties’ keen commitment to the ongoing economic growth and development of the Northern Territory,” Giles said.

“The development is set to boost the economy, act as a draw card for increased high-end business and leisure visitors, and give Darwin a significant edge in the lucrative business conference market.

“Commencement next year will surpass the government’s target

three-years early to build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020.”

The project will mark Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ debut in Darwin through the introduction of its Westin brand to the Northern Territory.

“The luxury hotel development is expected to provide a significant economic boost and generate more than 500 jobs during the construction phase and hundreds of ongoing jobs when it opens,” Giles said.

“It will be the anchor tenant to drive increased growth in Asian tourism to the Northern Territory.”

Sod turned for Perth hotel…

Work has already started on Elizabeth Quay's first private development, the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel and The Towers apartment building, which will create 1200 jobs and bring luxury accommodation, dining, entertainment and retail options to Perth's waterfront.

The project will comprise a 204-room Ritz-Carlton hotel and 379 residential apartments in two towers adjacent to the Bell Tower.

State Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said: “Visitors to Perth are attracted by our city's best natural assets, the Swan River and Kings Park, and their experience is enriched through quality accommodation, exceptional public transport and great hospitality - all of which will be on offer at Elizabeth Quay.”

"Elizabeth Quay has been embraced by West Australians and has already become an integral part of the Perth city skyline, so it will be exciting to see it change and evolve over the coming years."

State Planning Minister Donna Faragher said: “The construction of The Ritz-Carlton at Elizabeth Quay by international developer Far East Consortium International marked the return of the prestigious hotel brand to Australia after a 10-year hiatus.”

"This development will attract tourists and residents to enjoy the many features of Elizabeth Quay that have been enjoyed by more than two million visitors," Faragher said.

"From the Liberal National government's $440 million investment, we expect to receive more than $230 million in land sales and attract a further $2 billion in investment as development of private buildings gets underway."

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