Brisbane’s newest convention centre will be greatly boosted next year with the opening of a new four star international hotel which forms part of the landmark historic Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project.
Now in its third year of operation, the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) will now offer accommodation onsite with the 208 room $50 million Rydges Hotel located adjacent to the centre.
Construction started last month (January 2015) with the hotel being one of three major works currently underway as part of stage two of the $2.9 billion 15 year Brisbane Showgrounds transformation.
RNA General Manager Venue Sales and Marketing Sally Pulford said the hotel was located on the new King Street precinct which includes up to 40 retail and food outlets and 408 new residential apartments.
“The showgrounds regeneration is one of the largest mixed-use, urban regeneration projects in Australia and once completed 15,000 people will live, work and play within the precinct.
“The new hotel is a vital asset for the Brisbane Showgrounds and the Royal ICC as it will attract more national and international conferences to Brisbane with accommodation available onsite. Conference delegates generate more than $210 million for the Brisbane economy each year and this will further underpin Brisbane’s reputation as Australia’s new world city.”
The new hotel is being developed by a consortium, comprising of Phillip Wolanski’s Denwol Group of Sydney and Stewart Baron’s Baron Corporation of Melbourne. The hotel will feature contemporary restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, plus rooms to suit most travellers.
It has been designed to maximise the Queensland weather and interface with the Royal ICC, with the restaurants and bars spilling out on to the new King Street promenade and outdoor deck on the corner of Gregory Terrace.
Since opening in March 2013, the Royal ICC has held more than 300 events and has gained a reputation for offering exceptional service and menus resulting in a memorable experience for clients.
Key features of the Royal ICC include:
- Three flexible halls, seven meeting rooms and two boardrooms opening on to a 1,500 sqm open outdoor landscaped Plaza
- World-class catering facilities offering contemporary Australian cuisine with global influences
- Australia’s only operable ceiling grid system, creating unique theming opportunities
- Located just 1.5km from Brisbane’s CBD and 10 minutes from the Brisbane International and Domestic Airport