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ICC Sydney announces new hybrid event solutions

International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney has announced an industry leading hybrid on-site and virtual event solution. The innovative dual-product will allow clients to host more than 300 people at the venue in accordance with strict social distancing measures, whilst also live streaming to an unlimited number of remote attendees. To deliver the dual model, ICC Sydney has applied cutting edge technology into its new hybrid spaces, including projection screens, entertainment lighting and PA systems. The venue has also recently debuted their EventSafe Operating Framework.


Four Pillars Gin opens a Sydney lab

Victoria based distillery Four Pillars has opened Four Pillars Laboratory in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, an eight-minute drive from the city centre. The Laboratory celebrates all things gin and incorporates a gin shop, gin lab and a cocktail bar.  Business event groups can take part in a private masterclass or maker session with one of the Four Pillars distillers. The Laboratory can also be hired exclusively for events of up to 100 cocktail style depending on social distancing restrictions.


Nobu announces its first Sydney restaurant

Acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa will open his first Sydney restaurant at Crown Sydney when it opens in December 2020 as part of the city’s new Barangaroo precinct. This will be Australia’s third Nobu with Sydney joining Melbourneand Perth who are already home to iterations of this internationally acclaimed restaurant. Whilst the menu is yet to be announced, it’s said to feature Nobu icons like black cod miso and yellowtail jalapeno alongside a strong focus on local produce and flavours.


Byron at Byron luxury resort set to reopen after AUD6 million renovation

The iconic NSW North Coast resort is due to reopen on 1 September following its AUD6 million renovation. The property is now part of the Crystalbrook Collection and will feature a new restaurant with 80 per cent of ingredients sourced within a three-hour drive of Byron Bay. For events, there will be a new garden event space for up to 40 guests cocktail style and 20 seated (depending on COVID restrictions in place). The resort’s 92 suites will all be refurbished by November along with a new day spa. To get there, domestic flights arrive at Ballina Airport, a 25-minute drive south of Byron Bay, or at Gold Coast Airport, a 45-minute drive north of Byron Bay.



InterContinental Sanctuary Cove reveals new look

Iconic Queensland hotel, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort has completed an AUD6 million refurbishment of its 251 rooms and suites. The revised decor features a contemporary look, inspired by the surrounding lagoon pool and tropical gardens. The resort has also added 3D holographic technology to its outdoor events allowing planners to utilise the one-acre saltwater lagoon pool as a backdrop. The resort is located a one-hour drive south from Brisbane city centre on the Gold Coast and is within walking distance to the Marine Village with restaurants, bars, fashion boutiques, art galleries and a village theatre.


The Langham Gold Coast announced

The luxury hospitality group has announced its third Australian property on the Gold Coast. Set to open in late 2021, the 169-room hotel will be located on the beachfront at Surfers Paradise in the three tower Jewel Development. The Langham Gold Coast will include a 700 square metre / 7,500 square foot ballroom, four meeting rooms totalling 450 square metres / 4,800 square feet and a multi-function room at 500 square metre / 5,400 square feet.


Hilton Surfers Paradise to double event space in major refurbishment

Hilton Surfers Paradise has revealed the first stage of its AUD9 million refurbishment including a doubling of capacity for meetings. The hotel will have four event spaces including a new pillarless room for up to 160 guests cocktail style, a fully renovated lobby, a new bar, all-day dining area and an art gallery. The refurbishment will be the biggest upgrade since the hotel opened eight years ago.


Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa to rename as part of AUD 35 million renovation

Following an AUD35 million renovation, the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa will rebrand to JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa this December. Each of the 223 rooms and suites will be made over along with the public spaces, restaurants and ten event spaces over 2,000 square metres / 21,500 square feet. The JW Ballroom will be a 715 square metre / 7,600 square foot pillarless space whilst the junior ballroom is 276 square metres  / 3,000 square feet with natural light and views of the swimming pool.


Cairns Convention Centre undergoes AUD 176 million expansion

The Cairns Convention Centre has revealed artist impressions of its major expansion and renovation that will deliver an additional 10,000 square metres / 108,000 square feet of event space. Split into two stages, the redevelopment will also include a refurbishment of the existing centre, including the auditorium, arena and meeting rooms.  The first stage will see part of the convention centre reopen in March 2021, with the second stage due to be completed in 2022.


South Australia


Adelaide Oval Hotel set for September

The Adelaide Oval Hotel is set to open this September bringing 138 boutique hotel rooms, including two master suites, to the Oval. Each room will overlook surrounding parklands, have keyless entry, electronic room controls to personalise temperature, lighting, curtains and privacy. The hotel will feature a bar and dining spaces including Bespoke Wine Bar & Kitchen which will focus on local South Australian produce. The new property adds to Adelaide Oval’s events existing offering of 23 event spaces, RoofClimb experience and stadium tours.


Eos by SkyCity on track to open in late 2020

Eos by SkyCity luxury hotel will be the centrepiece of an AUD330 million expansion of the Adelaide Casino when it opens in late 2020. With 120 luxury rooms, incentive groups will enjoy in-room styling, tailored personal training and custom cocktail service.  There will be two signature restaurants (including one on the rooftop) and a dedicated events space for up to 650 people cocktail style. The hotel will also include a spa, wellness centre, swimming pool and fitness centre.


SkyCity Adelaide to get a new microbrewery

The broader 12-storey casino expansion in Adelaide will feature a new microbrewery alongside the new hotel, restaurants, bars, conference and event facilities, wellness centre and expanded gaming experiences. The brewery will be Australia’s first inside a casino and will headline the food and beverage area. It will be run by local brewers, Pirate Life.


Crowne Plaza to open its doors next month

The new 329-room Crowne Plaza Adelaide is due to open ahead of schedule in early September 2020 and will be the latest of the IHG brand to feature a ‘Plaza Workspace’ - a new take on the hotel lobby with co-working space. Crowne Plaza Adelaide will have 450 square metres / 4,800 square feet of flexible event spaces across four rooms. The hotel will have a new bar, two restaurants, gym and an outdoor heated infinity pool.




Crowne Plaza Hobart opens

IHG has returned to Tasmania with the opening of a new 235-room Crowne Plaza Hobart. With views of Hobart’s Constitution Dock and harbour, the hotel includes two new restaurants - one with an outdoor deck overlooking the city. There are six flexible event spaces including a ballroom. 




SO/Hotels and Resorts to make its Australian debut in Melbourne

Accor has announced Melbourne will be the first Australian city to welcome a SO/Hotel in 2023. The hotel will boast 288 rooms and suites, some with outdoor terraces taking in city centre views. It will be part of a mixed-use development along with 20,000 square metres of office and co-working space.


Melbourne to welcome its second voco hotel

InterContinental Hotels Group confirmed Melbourne will welcome its second voco hotel by 2023. Located in South Melbourne, three kilometres /1.9 miles from the city centre, the hotel will include 171 rooms overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens. There will be a new restaurant, fitness centre and four meeting spaces.


W Melbourne set to open this December

Marriott International is set to open W Melbourne in December this year. The 294-room - including  34 suites - property will include four restaurants and bars, a fitness centre, day spa and an indoor swimming pool with a DJ booth, poolside bar and a striking gold roof. There will be eight event spaces including a 426 square metre / 4,600 square foot pillarless space named The Great Room. The event spaces promise to have an abundance of natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows.


Amora Hotel reveals new events pavilion

The one hundred and eleven room Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne, a 15-minute drive from the city centre, has completed its AUD5 million renovation including a new reception, lobby, bar, restaurant and courtyard. The hotel’s event spaces were also renovated during the project with the former marquee area now transformed into an events pavilion with capacity for 350 guests cocktail style or smaller groups when split into three separate spaces.


Western Australia


Westin to debut on the Margaret River wine region

Marriott International has announced its second Western Australia property in the Margaret River, a three-hour drive / 48-minute flight from Perth. The Westin Margaret River Resort and Spa will have 120 rooms including 45 suites and a 400 square metre / 4,305 square foot event space. There will be three restaurants and a lobby lounge and bar adjacent to the resort swimming pool.


Barefoot luxury comes to Rottnest Island

Samphire Rottnest luxury accommodation will open this October bringing 80 rooms to the island, a 90-minute ferry ride from Perth city centre. The resort has six indoor and outdoor event spaces from 33 square metres / 355 square feet up to 239 square metres / 2,600 square feet. Food will be sourced from local, sustainable producers and the wine list will recognise the renowned viticultural regions of Western Australia.