This year has seen cranes fill the sky above Tasmania’s capital city Hobart.
The crane is a powerful and auspicious totem in almost all cultures. Throughout Asia, it is a symbol of happiness, prosperity and longevity.
While the cranes gracing Tasmania’s beautiful waterfront city are constructing new infrastructure, perhaps these symbols are also significant.
This boom in construction is resulting in a rapid expansion of Hobart’s accommodation capacity, including two luxury and one five-star hotel. The new hotels are, and will be, conveniently located in Hobart’s CBD – within short walking distance of many of the city’s conferencing and function venues, restaurants, the entertainment and shopping precincts.
The recently completed and new hotels will increase the accommodation rooms available in Hobart’s CBD by 1,156, and they include:
- MACq01 a luxury 114-suite waterfront hotel by Federal Group Opened June 2017
- Ibis Style 296-room 4 to 4.5-star hotel by Singaporean Fragrance Group Opened July 2017
- Luxury Collection (Marriott International) 128-room hotel in Parliamentary Square (due for completion Oct 2018)
- Crowne Plaza, a 235-room 4.5-star hotel by InterContinental Hotels Group (due for completion early/mid 2019)
- Vibe Hotel, a 120-room 4.5-star hotel by International Hotelier (construction commencing early 2018)
- Hyatt Centric Hotel, 221-room 5-star twin-tower hotel (due for completion mid 2019).
Not to be forgotten, Northern Tasmania is also experiencing a construction boom relevant to the business events industry that will satisfy the growing demand for accommodation rooms in the region.
Work is progressing on the much anticipated $20 million Peppers Silo Hotel, a seven-storey hotel, with 108 accommodation rooms and function space. All accommodation rooms will have superb views looking out over the nearby Seaport and Royal Park, Tamar River Basin and the city’s unique natural oasis, Cataract Gorge. The Silos Hotel will be a fantastic addition to the city of Launceston and is expected to open in April 2018.
Josef Chromy also recently released his vision for the city of Launceston’s next major hotel project, The Gorge Hotel. The $50 million hotel inspired by its namesake, aims to be a ‘legacy’ for Launceston. If everything runs according to plan the 130-room, 4.5-star hotel will open its doors mid-2020. The hotel will boast a conference/function area that will hold over 500 conference attendees.
If that wasn’t enough, the Hotel Verge, due for completion in late 2018, will provide an additional 78 hotel room and 10 premium suites as well as conference and meeting rooms facilities in the centre of Launceston.
People are talking, and demand is growing for both the leisure and business events market in Tasmania. As a destination, we are listening and just like the symbol of the crane, delegates visiting Tasmania are assured an experience of happiness.