Star con­firms Ritz-Carl­ton

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STAR En­ter­tain­ment Group has to­day lodged a for­mal de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for its pre­vi­ously an­nounced new Ritz- Carl­ton tower ( TD 19 Sep 2016), which will add 220 up­scale rooms to Syd­ney’s ho­tel stock.

The 61-storey project will also fea­ture about 200 res­i­dences, 15 food and bev­er­age out­lets and a new Sky Ter­race with a pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble restau­rant.

Star En­ter­tain­ment ceo Matt Bekier said the build­ing would sit within the ex­ist­ing foot­print of The Star Syd­ney, sup­port­ing the new Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and help­ing con­nect Dar­ling Har­bour to the Syd­ney Fish­mar­ket.

“This coun­try is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sig­nif­i­cant growth in in­bound tourism, an up­ward trend which shows all the hall­marks of con­tin­u­ing well into the fu­ture.

“To cater for that de­mand we need the nec­es­sary tourism in­fra­struc­ture... Syd­ney lacks suf­fi­cient high-end ho­tels to meet this wave of in­ter­na­tional tourist de­mand,” Bekier added.

The $500m project will see the re­turn of the Ritz-Carl­ton brand to the Syd­ney mar­ket a decade af­ter the clo­sure of the former Ritz-Carl­ton Dou­ble Bay.

The de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion de­tails a new rooftop pool ter­race above the ex­ist­ing Star casino, but no ad­di­tional gam­bling space.

Bekier said the new Ritz-Carl­ton would be a fac­tor in em­bed­ding the Star Syd­ney’s rep­u­ta­tion as a “tourism and en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion of global ap­peal”.

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