THE long-awaited Parliament Square redevelopment continues to take shape with the world’s largest hotel company confirming the development of a $50 million property on the site.
The nation’s first Marriott International Luxury Hotel will soon take up residence in Hobart, joining a collection of more than 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 destinations including Vienna, Austria, Santorini, Greece, Venice and Italy.
Tasmanian Premier and Minister for Tourism Will Hodgman said confirmation of the development was a “massive vote of confidence” in Tasmania.
“There are record numbers of tourists coming to Tasmania and Hobart – they are staying longer and spending more, with benefits flowing through to local businesses and creating more jobs,” he said.
“This will be the first Marriott International Luxury Collection Hotel in Australia, which is another ringing endorsement for our state.”
The Marriott International Development is expected to create 150 jobs during construction and 90 ongoing jobs once complete.
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said Hobart’s accommodation was already stretched at peak periods.
She said this new luxury hotel would bring increased capacity to a niche market.
“Marriott will bring new life to heritage buildings on Davey Street and sit directly behind Parliament House in the new Parliament Square, which is a project that has created almost $150 million of economic activity and 400 jobs in its own right,” she said.
The entire Parliament Square project is scheduled for completion in 2018.
Caption: Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, left, and Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer inspect construction works at the new Marriott International Hotel site.