Hil­ton means busi­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

HIL­TON Ho­tels is promis­ing to bring a level of lux­ury to Townsville that the city hasn’t ex­pe­ri­enced since the 1980s.

Townsville City Coun­cil has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Hil­ton Ho­tels to ex­clu­sively ne­go­ti­ate on their pro­posal to build a seven- storey prop­erty.

The renowned brand has pro­posed a 4.5- star, 175- bed ho­tel – to be run by the Hil­ton sub­sidiary Dou­bleTree – be built in the Townsville CBD Sta­dium precinct.

Townsville- born Fo­cus Pa­cific chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michael Gra­hamaid said the brand was all about growth and iden­ti­fied Townsville as a worth­while in­vest­ment.

“Townsville is both a big city and a big leisure com­mu­nity,” Mr Gra­hamaid said. “The tim­ing is right.” Con­cept de­signs for the ho­tel show restau­rants and cafes on the ground level, with Mr Gra­hamaid stat­ing the new fa­cil­ity could also of­fer com­mer­cial “out­comes”.

“This will grow an­other leg in the mar­ket,” he said.

“Can you make it more than a Hil­ton? Ab­so­lutely.”

He said the busi­ness plan for the ho­tel would see it ac­com­mo­dat­ing vis­i­tors for more than 50 years.

Townsville En­ter­prise tourism and events di­rec­tor Brid­get Woods said the tourism in­dus­try was ex­cited to have a global brand want­ing to es­tab­lish it­self in Townsville.

“We still need to fo­cus on build­ing visi­ta­tion num­bers in the re­gion and look at our lo­cal busi­ness,” she said.

Ms Woods said Hil­ton’s pro­posal was an ex­am­ple of how the sta­dium had be­come a cat­a­lyst for in­vest­ment.

The coun­cil and Hil­ton Ho­tels will work to­gether un­til Novem­ber when a fi­nal de­ci­sion is ex­pected to be made.

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