A landmark hotel at the new International Convention Centre Sydney will be an impressive addition to this tourism hub, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
Planning approval has today been granted for a 35-storey hotel with up to 616-rooms, with construction expected to begin by the end of the year.
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said the hotel will allow Sydney to fully capitalise on the new precinct.
“The Darling Harbour Live project is set to transform the precinct, delivering reinvigorated public spaces and world-class events facilities that will boost the visitor economy,” said Mr Morrison.
“Once complete, ICC Sydney will be the largest fully-integrated convention and exhibition facilities in Australia and it needs a world-class hotel to match.
“The hotel will not only provide visitors with a convenient and comfortable accommodation option it will also provide immediate and ongoing employment opportunities.
“As a result of the hotel the government expects there to be 350 jobs available during construction and 250 on-going operational jobs.
“Having an integrated precinct including the entertainment and convention centre, retail, dining and accommodation will reinvigorate Darling Harbour, attracting locals and visitors alike, and link the precinct to Chinatown, Ultimo and Pyrmont.
“This development will also help support the visitor economy which already directly employs 158,000 people across New South Wales and supports a further 109,000 jobs, contributing a total of $28.4 billion to gross state product.
“In tomorrow’s state budget, the industry will be looking for an increased commitment from the NSW government as the sector continues to work towards the Tourism 2020 target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure in NSW to $36.7 billion.”