The all new Royal Randwick remains on track for a September completion.

The countdown is on with only months until the re-opening of the Australian Turf Club’s (ATC) newest multi-faceted and world-class venue, Royal Randwick after its ambitious $150 million re-development. Helping to prepare the ATC for the scheduled re-open in September, test events were conducted during the 2013 BMW Sydney Carnival to train staff, test the use of amenities, and try out the china, cutlery and glassware.
Sydney’s newest venue will aim to retain significant events within the CBD after the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (SCEC) closure at the end of this year for re-development. The ATC sales team has reportedly been inundated with requests for site visits and enquiries to book in events by Christmas, proving that the event industry is abuzz with anticipation of its opening.
With more than 15 unique indoor and outdoor spaces, Royal Randwick’s flexibility to meet every event request will be setting new benchmarks in the entertainment and events landscape.
The venue recently celebrated a triumphant return to racing at Royal Randwick at the David Jones Australian Derby Day following the soft launch of Royal Randwick’s grandstand and grand opening of the Owners Pavilion and “Theatre of the Horse”, an outdoor tiered-amphitheatre.
The impressive grandstand showcased the completion of Phase 1 of the world-class redevelopment; first by unveiling the first two levels of the grandstand (ground floor and Level 1) as well as the Owners Pavilion and Theatre of the Horse. Patrons praised the ATC team on social media with tweets such as the following received “Great day at Royal Randwick yesterday. Great job @atc_racing Theatre of the horse is amazing!”
Theatre of the Horse will serve as a great location for events such as product launches and outdoor cocktail parties. The ballroom located on level two is paramount for its flexibility with operable walls creating the capability of dividing the space into five different rooms. With views of the race track and city skyline, this space has a great backdrop for each and every event. Not to be forgotten is the ample green space available for outdoor events such as family days and team-building activities.
With the August 2013 completion date quickly approaching, the grandstand will be fully complete with three additional levels containing corporate suites, a multi-functional ballroom, members’ and public dining as well as bars; repositioning the venue as best in its class.

The ATC sales team has been inundated throughout the redevelopment period with enquiries from both existing and potential clients who want to be among the first to experience the stunning new venue spaces available at Royal Randwick. Bookings for the venue are being taken from September 2013.
Many racing enthusiasts saw the potential of the venue at the BMW Sydney Carnival, showing not only the racing industry will benefit from this redevelopment, but all manner of corporate, gala, outdoor and exhibition events, as stunning views of the Sydney skyline and the track, as well as state-of-the-art technology are all part and parcel of this exciting new facility.

With roughly 7500 bottles of champagne consumed across the racecourse, close to 1000 guests also experienced award-winning hospitality including a superb Table D’hote menu served on Dudson classic china from the Level One dining space.
“Aside from conducting 129 race-meetings a year, the ATC is committed to growing the venues and events business, becoming globally recognised in this space as well,” said general manager sales, commercial, Darwyn Jolly.
“This is an exciting time for the events industry with the grandstand, Owners Pavilion and Theatre of the Horse setting a new benchmark in the NSW entertainment and events landscape.”

In a bid to make life easy for patrons, the ATC has been working closely with the NSW Government on their plans for a light rail extension to Randwick. The line will start in the CBD centre and extend through to Randwick. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $1.6 billion with work expected to commence in 2014.

To register your interest in the facilities or to arrange a site visit, contact Casey Rogers, business & events marketing executive at

Metro makeover complete

Metro Hospitality Group has completed major renovations to its Sydney property Metro Apartments Darling Harbour.

The makeover includes the installation of new kitchens in all apartments, new Sealy beds, refurbished lifts, and the introduction of free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout.
COO of the Metro Hospitality Group, George Bedwani, said this particular property will maintain its high occupancy because of the strong Sydney MICE and leisure markets as a result of the many events, concerts, trade shows and conferences which will take place this year.
“The Sydney Convention Centre will have its busiest year this year before its closure to build a new convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct which will be ready end of 2016. Metro Apartments Darling Harbour is located in the heart of Sydney overlooking Darling Harbour so this will result in strong occupancy by not only MICE delegates but business and leisure visitors to the city,” he said.

“The apartments are very popular and enjoy significant repeat business because of their central location, stylish accommodation and competitive rates.”
The apartments are located in two buildings, the Sussex Street building offering larger, contemporary-styled apartments with views over Darling Harbour while the King Street building has a more exclusive, intimate appeal. The properties are rated three-and-a-half stars and offer a selection of 32 one-bedroom apartments, complete with fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer and ironing facilities, air conditioning and heating.
All apartments are priced to be affordable for mid-week and weekend getaways in the city or for interstate guests wanting an extended stay in Sydney. Parking is provided at a discounted rate at the nearby Kings Parking on Sussex Street.