ICYMI: BEN from November 2018
Westin Bris opens doors
WESTIN Hotels & Resorts has opened The Westin Brisbane, marking the brand’s debut in Queensland.
The property features five venues totalling 930m2 of conference and event space, including a 450m2 ballroom for up to 500 people cocktail style which can be divided into two smaller spaces for events of up to 350 people. The property also contains two breakout rooms for up to 80 people cocktail style and three additional boardrooms.
The Westin Brisbane GM Brad Mercer said, “Westin Brisbane will be the go-to hotel for meeting and event planners catering to delegates who are passionate about health and wellness”.
The Star invests further $2b
The Queensland Government has given the green light to The Star Gold Coast’s plan to inject over $2 billion into additional tourism development on Broadbeach Island, Gold Coast. A newly approved masterplan proposed by The Star and its Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium, includes four additional towers, more hotels, new dining precincts, bars and cafes, increased entertainment and conferencing options and new resort facilities.
“The 3,000 hotel rooms and apartments would also exceed what the world-renowned Marina Bay Sands in Singapore offers, and be on a scale to compare with the largest integrated resorts in Las Vegas,” said The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier.
SMC reveals major renovation and expansion
Sydney Masonic Centre (SMC) has revealed renovation plans that will increase event spaces and delegate capacities.
“This is the most exciting update to the iconic Sydney Masonic Centre in its 40-year history,” said SMC general manager Paul Davison. “As Sydney’s original purpose-built conferencing venue, the transformation will ensure that SMC remains at the forefront of the business events sector and retains its place as a landmark building amongst Sydney’s cityscape,” he said.
SMC will close on 17 December for the renovations and is scheduled to re-open in May 2019.