NEWS: Hotelier calls for greater govt support

Hotel developer Dr Jerry Schwartz is calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird to improve road and air access to Sydney’s Hunter region to boost the region’s visitor economy and tourism sector. Speaking at the launch of the Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre in February, Dr Schwartz told the  NSW that major infrastructure support to upgrade Cessnock airport and improve road access from Sydney is required if Hunter Valley tourism is to be transformed from a “cocoon to a butterfly”. “The Hunter Valley has rich history and pedigree, high […]

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NEWS: IHG renews presence in Christchurch 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement to develop the 200-room Crowne Plaza Christchurch, signalling a commitment to Christchurch’s economic revival. Located in the central business district and across from the planned new Christchurch Convention Centre due to open in 2017, the upscale hotel will be a conversion of a current commercial building owned by a consortium of local Christchurch investors. The hotel will feature up to five suites and 195 guest rooms and food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty […]

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NEWS: Hunter Valley centre pays homage to SCEC

The new $4 million Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre – the biggest convention centre in NSW north of Sydney – will open later this year with pylons recycled from the recently demolished Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (SCEC). Construction is currently underway at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort in Lovedale and the four recycled pylons will be placed at each corner of the new centre, which will offer a combined 2012 square-metres of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and convention space. “SCEC played such an […]

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