MONA REVEALS EVENTS VISION
TASMANIA’S Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) will target the conference and events sector as part of a $300 million hotel plan.
The headlinegrabbing museum’s founder David Walsh has unveiled designs for a 172-room five-star hotel called HOMO (HOtel MOna), perched dramatically over the Derwent River outside Hobart.
As well as a spa, library and art collection, the hotel will offer a dedicated function and events centre with capacity for dinners of up to 800 people and cocktail receptions for up to 1,000.
An indoor theatre will cater to music, plays, cinema, conferences and business launches, with seating for 1,075.
“We expect HOMO to be attractive to large segments of the national and international business and conference markets that previously haven’t turned to Tasmania due to a lack of appropriate infrastructure,” Walsh said.
“New facilities, like the auditorium and theatre, will also allow us to further activate the site at night and continue to diversify the appeal of Mona to Tasmanians too.”
Once approved, construction is expected to take three years, with opening slated for 2022.