Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - TONY RAGGATT

THE Ville Re­sort- Casino will launch a new 1000- per­son con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity in 2018 as part of its $ 40 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the prop­erty.

Ville CEO Michael Jones said the own­ers, Mor­ris Group, saw a gap in the lo­cal mar­ket.

“We knew that if Townsville wanted to com­pete with other re­gional cen­tres for ma­jor con­fer­ences and events the city needed an up­dated venue,’’ Mr Jones said.

The Pav­il­ion, a state- of- the- art con­fer­ence, wed­ding, and spe­cial events venue, is be­ing de­vel­oped on land on the sea­ward side of the ho­tel.

The ho­tel has started tak­ing book­ings for the fa­cil­ity for next year and on­wards.

Mr Jones said it was an ex­cit­ing time for Townsville, not only be­cause of the ma­jor in­vest­ment into the prop­erty of­fer­ing new leisure and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions for vis­i­tors and lo­cals, but with the ad­di­tion of the con­fer­enc­ing and spe­cial events venue.

“This new fa­cil­ity will mean busi­nesses can start to look fur­ther afield to at­tract cor­po­rates and con­fer­ences to the city which will give Townsville a much- needed eco­nomic boost,’’ he said.

Hutchin­son staff and clients were the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the venue, hold­ing their 105th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in the shell of the fa­cil­ity last night.

Hutchin­son Builders is lead con­trac­tor for the ho­tel re­de­vel­op­ment.

Hutchin­son Builders chair­man Scott Hutchin­son said the team was proud of its in­volve­ment in the re­de­vel­op­ment and ex­cited to test out the venue.

The re­sort’s rooms have been re­de­vel­oped and its lobby level has been un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant works to rein­vig­o­rate the foyer, ho­tel re­cep­tion, port cochere, casino en­trance, casino sports bar and build­ing ex­te­rior. The ho­tel is adding new restau­rants, a pool­side func­tion space for 700 peo­ple, an in­fin­ity- edge pool with pri­vate ca­banas and swim- up bar and an el­e­vated deck con­nect­ing the pool to the lobby level.

CHEERS: Hutchin­son chair­man Scott Hutchin­son and The Ville CEO Michael Jones in front of the new con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity un­der con­struc­tion. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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