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Associations welcome Crown developments

An artists' impression of Crown Towers Perth

 Australia’s two leading accommodation industry associations have welcomed this week’s announcements by Crown Limited to develop luxury hotels in Sydney and Perth.

The Accommodation Association of Australia’s CEO, Richard Munro, said the two Crown Towers developments are “strongly welcomed by the accommodation industry”.

“Crown’s recent announcements to develop luxury hotels in Sydney’s Barangaroo and another in Perth are significant investments in accommodation infrastructure that is strongly welcomed by the accommodation industry,” he said.

“Both developments will provide a much-needed boost to Sydney and Perth’s tourism offerings thus it is vital that planning approval processes do not impede on timely progress on these iconic projects.

“The establishments will assist in servicing the increasing demand for accommodation in both Sydney and Perth as well as contribute to the nationwide target set by Tourism Australia for an additional 40,000 – 70,000 new accommodation rooms by 2020,” Munro said.

Tourism Accommodation Australia’s New South Wales Director, Carol Giuseppi, said Crown’s new luxury Sydney property would “complement the great accommodation venues already available” in the harbour city.

“This is exactly the kind of targeted iconic accommodation facility this city needs,” she said.

“Importantly, the Crown Limited hotel would be built with a direct market in mind – that is the kind of development we need, development that is sustainable and will add to Sydney’s image as Australia’s premier city.”

Earlier in the week, the Australian Hotels Association’s (AHA) Western Australia CEO, Bradley Woods, said the new, 500-room Crown Towers development at Burswood was a big win for the state.

“This investment by Crown shows tremendous confidence in Perth’s accommodation hotel market, and the AHA congratulates the [WA] State Government for their efforts to make this development a reality,” he said.

“With well known high occupancy rates in the Perth CBD this is a welcome announcement from the [WA] State Government and Crown.”

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