The catch-cry of Asia’s integrated resorts hasn’t been lost on Australia and New Zealand’s casino offerings.
North, south, east and west, there’s a casino in every state and territory in Australia that can work wonderfully well for the meetings and events markets. And New Zealand’s major port of Auckland also has a highly effective casino venue that remains one of the city’s most popular for the conference sector.
Heading “around the grounds”, the Gold Coast’s Jupiters Hotel & Casino continues to position itself as one of the country’s leading corporate venues, creating a host of experiences that capitalise on and exceed people’s expectations.
Home to the Pavilion Convention Centre, featuring 1600 square metres of pillarless convention space, and a number of event spaces including a solid walled marquee, the Pavilion Lawn and Terrace, Poolside, seven restaurants, eight bars and two Penthouses, Jupiters Hotel & Casino is the preferred venue for many high profile conferences and events.
In April 2012 Jupiters further built on its bevy of convention space by opening the world-class Jupiters Theatre following a $20 million makeover. The redevelopment of the theatre resulted in capacity increasing to more than 2000.
An in-house event services team assists with theming, catering and event menu planning, as well as offering suggestions on entertainment, team-building and after hours activities.
The property is also home to 594 well-appointed guest rooms including 101 executive floor rooms, seven award-winning restaurants, eight lively bars, a health and fitness centre, year-round swimming pools and pool spas and the non-stop action of Jupiters Casino.
For event coordinators and businesses searching for the ideal setting for their next event, Jupiters Hotel & Casino has proven itself as one of the nation’s best to mix business with pleasure.
On the western side of the country there was plenty of action in 2012, with Burswood being taken over by Crown.
In line with the new ownership, InterContinental Perth Burswood and Holiday Inn Perth Burswood have undergone a full rebrand to Crown Metropol and Crown Promenade.
The Crown Metropol Perth offers a world-class luxury facility, with fully refurbished floor foyers, guest rooms, suites and lobby areas. The sophisticated ISIKA Spa and ISIKA Fitness also opened, with the day spa located adjacent to a brand-new Vegas-style resort pool area complete with a VIP private cabana section called “The Enclave.”
The hotel offering is complemented by a premium dining portfolio, including globally renowned restaurant brands such as Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, Nobu Perth, and Modo Mio Cucina Italiana, with Bistro Guillaume opening in September 2012 and featuring the cuisine of three-star Michelin trained French chef Guillaume Brahimi.
Crown Promenade Perth is described as stylish, affordable and modern, offering a second tier of accommodation at the complex. The hotel features a family friendly restaurant, intimate gym, infinity pool deck and comprehensive in-room service. The property is connected to Burswood Entertainment Complex, with easy access to its 23 restaurants and bars as well as the Burswood Convention Centre and Burswood Casino.
Crown’s sister properties in Melbourne have also been growing their offerings, with a strong focus on the meetings and events sectors.
The Crown Spa, located within Crown Towers, has just completed a $10 million make-over, and now offers 19 treatment rooms including an all-male area which includes a Turkish bath hammam steam room, deluge shower, and vitality pool.
Dining has also been given a boost with a new Italian restaurant – Rosetta – courtesy of Neil Perry. Rosetta has a wood-fired oven and char grill, with specialties including suckling pig, roast chicken and lamb, and 16 types of pasta made fresh each day.
The restaurant can seat up to 100 plus another 80 on the heated alfresco terrace. It also offers a private dining room for a maximum of 20 guests.
Another new restaurant is Man Tong Kitchen, created by the internationally awarded HuTong group of restaurants. Man Tong Kitchen can seat up to 200 and offers four private dining areas for groups.
In the heart of Australia, Lasseters Hotel Casino in Alice Springs has commenced the second phase of its $35 million redevelopment which has already seen the creation of a new $10 million accommodation wing housing 66 rooms including split-level two-bedroom suites.
Work is currently underway on a new 180-seat contemporary-style restaurant, as well as a VIP gaming lounge. The new restaurant’s cuisine will be a fusion of modern Australian with a hint of the outback and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with capacity for inside or alfresco dining.
The VIP Gaming lounge will deliver a private gaming experience with the latest technology in machines and casino table games, to be complemented by exclusive food and beverage service for VIP players. Both projects are expected to be completed by mid-year 2013.
Phase three of the re-development program will see construction of a separate hotel reception area, a relaxation and massage treatment centre, and a commercial fitness centre.
Further north, the SkyCity Darwin has created what it is calling a “Beach Resort” at a cost of $40 million. Opening in mid-2012, the new resort features two spectacular villas and 32 luxury rooms perched on the edge of a tropical lagoon.
The development showcases the best of the Northern Territory’s tropical climate, with Darwin’s first swim up bar and a 30 metre white sand beach a centrepiece of the resort, complemented by a cafe restaurant, terrace dining area and exclusive day spa. The new beachfront resort extends upon SKYCITY’s existing five-star hotel, which has also undergone a million dollar upgrade to 16 of its deluxe hotel rooms as well as the hotel elevators.
Set on Darwin’s picturesque Mindil Beach, SKYCITY Darwin offers guests an unparalleled tropical experience normally found only at five-star Asian resorts. The property is Darwin’s leading conference specialist, hosting groups from 30 to 3000. With two fully-equipped function rooms, dedicated meeting spaces and expansive lawns, SKYCITY Darwin really is a spectacular venue for meetings of all shapes and sizes.
A cut above in the New Zealand market, SKYCITY Auckland continues to attract high-calibre conference groups in its convention centre.
With 25 bars and restaurants, including award-winning fare by acclaimed New Zealand chef Peter Gordon, 21 function rooms, a 700-seat theatre, and a four and five-star hotel, SKYCITY Auckland is your one-stop-shop in the heart of the city.
Aside from its gaming, SKYCITY also has a number of entertainment offerings for groups including the 328 metre tall Sky Tower, home to the Sky Jump adrenalin ride.
SKYCITY is currently in discussions with the New Zealand government about building a dedicated convention centre for Auckland, however, no final outcome has been made at this stage.
In related news, the SKYCITY Entertainment Group acquired Queenstown Casino in 2012, and plans to spend $300 million to transform Adelaide Casino into a world-class venue.