Melbourne’s newest deluxe hotel taking shape along the Yarra river
Spectacular new views of the Yarra River and Melbourne CBD are emerging from the top of the city’s newest deluxe hotel, under construction in Melbourne’s South Wharf district.
Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding today inspected construction of the new 20-storey Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, which has now reached its full height, within the new Melbourne Convention Centre development.
Mr Holding said the $1.4 billion re-development at South Wharf would dramatically boost Melbourne as a leading events and business destination.
“The Brumby Government is taking action to ensure Victoria remains the conference and business events capital of Australia,” Mr Holding said.
“Most of the new hotel developments in Australia are now happening in Melbourne, driven by the strong growth of our business tourism sector, now worth around $1.2 billion annually and generating 14,000 jobs.
“Melbourne attracts local, interstate and international visitors because of its first-class infrastructure, facilities and services and its reputation for being the most stylish and sophisticated Australian city.
“The new Hilton Melbourne South Wharf builds on our existing hotels and other tourism infrastructure which has enabled tourism in Melbourne to remain strong.”
Construction began on the 396-room Hilton Melbourne South Wharf in May 2006 and is on track to be completed in early 2009. The hotel will include restaurants, bars and a café and will be the equivalent to a five-star hotel.
Mr Holding said the hotel would provide accommodation and services to specifically complement the new Melbourne Convention Centre.
“The new world-class Convention Centre will be fully integrated with the existing Melbourne Exhibition Centre and will become Australia’s largest combined convention and exhibition facility,” he said.
“The Centre has already attracted 25 international conventions which will bring 58,000 delegates with a combined economic impact for Victoria of more than $371 million – before construction has even finished.”
The Brumby Government has committed $370 million towards the new Melbourne Convention Centre which will be the world’s only convention centre designed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating.
The roof of the 5000-seat plenary hall was completed last month and its flexibility allows it to be transformed into three separate auditoriums. The Centre will also have 32 meeting rooms and a ground floor cocktail space capable of accommodating 8400 people.
The City of Melbourne is contributing $43 million towards the project which will enable the development of a new footbridge which will for the first time link the Yarra precinct to the Docklands and Federation Square.
Mr Michael Bourne, General Manager of the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, said the level of integration with the Convention Centre is the most sophisticated he had encountered.
“What has been achieved here in Melbourne gives us the best chance to attract as many national and international conventions as possible,” Mr Bourne said.
Plenary Group Principal, Mr John O’Rourke, said the Company’s investment in the development would expand opportunities for Melbourne businesses to host international delegates, showcasing their skills and products to the rest of the world.
“All the early planning suggests that our business model will also drive local business events through the new convention centre and hotel facilities, making a strong contribution to the new centre’s ongoing operations,” Mr O’Rourke said.
The Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and the new Melbourne Convention Centre are due to open for business next year.