International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) was at the centre of discussions this week as a forum focused on the rejuvenation of Sydney’s western harbour took place, with private and public sector representatives debating on how best to promote an emerging super precinct.ICC Sydney chief executive officer and AEG Ogden Group conventions director Geoff Donaghy said even though the international convention centre was in its own defined area of Darling Harbour, it was also helped along by the growth of neighbouring finance, technology, media and student centres.“A world class venue that will be underpinned by sophisticated services and people, ICC Sydney delegates and guests will enjoy the benefits of attending business and leisure events at the epicentre of a growing business, finance and innovation precinct along Sydney’s western waterfront,” Mr Donaghy said.A new global financial services centre at the Barangaroo development, an expanding media and technology hub in Pyrmont, more students and start-ups originating from the University of Technology Sydney and more residents through local residential development will constitute the ICC Sydney new surroundings.“This week we have seen individual businesses and business groups, different tiers of Government, university leaders and individuals all meet to discuss how to best leverage the current rejuvenation of Sydney’s western harbour and deliver the best results for Sydney.“It feels as though the entire city is in support of the delivery of a successful western harbour revitalisation and that means a great result for ICC Sydney as well as this beautiful city,” Mr Donaghy said.ICC Sydney is due to open in December 2016.Source = ETB News: Jessica Handyside
Accor is set to build on its stock of New Zealand hotels under its Sofitel brand, to give it four properties in the country.SO Sofitel Auckland is set to open in early 2018 in the redeveloped Reserve Bank building, when it will become the first SO Sofitel in the Pacific region. Located on Customs Street in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, it will have 130 rooms with a bold avant-garde design and views across the Waitemata Harbour.Club rooms all have balconies and access to Club Signature, which has its own al fresco terrace and bar. The rooftop Hi-SO bar will complement the French restaurant and will offer an extensive menu of champagne, wine and cocktails. Other facilities will include a state-of-the-art SO Fit gym, indoor lap pool and SO Spa.Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa has unveiled its opulent Penthouse No. 10. With the latest technology, a private movie theatre and large patio with six-person Jacuzzi, it also offers sweeping views of Lake Wakatipu. The hotel’s expanded facilities also include the elegant 1789 Wine & Jazz Lounge, next to the Club Lounge.Following its temporary closure late last year, Sofitel Wellington is expected to reopen in October. Located in the heart of Wellington’s business/government hub, the hotel was the New Zealand capital’s first internationally branded five-star hotel to open in 20 years.