Sydney’s premium entertainment destination is the next big thing
Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are well-known treasures forming the familiar city skyline. Yet seated on the edge of the Sydney Harbour and China Town within the CBD is an enigmatic force that has elevated the benchmark of service standards.
The Star, a multi-purpose complex of international standards, has undergone an AUD$870 million redevelopment ready to cater to the influx of Asian travellers and MICE visitors. Located a short drive from the Sydney airport, along with a light rail at the doorstep and a private wharf, it features three hotels, a world-class casino, award-winning restaurants and bars, a luxury retail collection, and a night club.
With a range of team-building activities available on-site, the recent opening of a state-of-the-art Event Centre further secures The Star as an all-encompassing venue for event organisers.
The Event Centre has hosted A-list acts from all over the world, including the Big Four and Comedian Chris Tucker’s one-man show. It has been designed to cater to conferences, exhibitions and gala dinners, as well as award ceremonies and intimate concerts. With a capacity to welcome 960 guests ballroom- or banquet-style and up to 3,000 theatre-style, its pre-function space is also able to accommodate all 960 guests for pre-dinner drinks.The 2,400-square-metre pillar-free space is the largest banquet area of any hotel in Sydney. One highlight is its distinctive gemstone shape and translucent glass shell exterior, where the use of backlighting within the glass façade allows the venue to transform into different colours at night, making it visible from various corners of the city.
The Event Centre also has the flexibility to adapt to various configurations: 720 of its retractable theatre seats can be quickly stored to expose a 1,077-square metre flat floor space. It also boasts an outdoor deck with unobstructed views of the Harbour Bridge and city skyline.The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), the travel and tourism industry’s largest tradeshow in the southern hemisphere, hosted its grand finale on the balcony of the Event Centre in April. The Last Shout, hosted by Tourism Australia, was a way to thank buyers, exhibitors and media in attendance from Asia, Europe and America.
Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy commented: “The Last Shout at The Star was the perfect evening to bring to a close a very successful ATE in Sydney. The celebration was designed to show Sydney off in a fitting farewell, and to leave a lasting impression on the largest travel and tourism buyers and influencers in the world.”
The Darling, a deluxe boutique product, is an integral part of The Star. Opened in October 2011 as the first five-star property launched after the Sydney 2000 Olympics, it has won world-wide acclaim with its distinctive inverted glass tower rested on a sandstone podium, 171 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and penthouses, an infinity pool and 16-room luxury spa. Event organisers and delegates can also enjoy a variety of international cuisines at The Star, including contemporary Japanese at Sokyo, Chinese at Century, Italian at Balla, contemporary Australian at BLACK by ezard, and fusion at Momofuku Seóbo.