New $40m Hyatt Centric hotel to boost Hobart’s visitor appeal

HOBART is set to join the likes of New York City, Paris and Chicago with news that Australasia’s first Hyatt Centric hotel will be built in the CBD.

The agreement between the developers of the hotel, Singaporean company Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd and Hyatt Group, will see the 221-room, $40 million hotel at 28-32 Elizabeth Street operate under the exclusive Hyatt Centric banner.

Elizabeth Tasmania chief operating officer Kim Boey Tan said she was delighted the leading global hotel brand – which comprises more than 650 properties in 52 countries – would be establishing in Hobart.

“This will open up new and valuable national and international marketing opportunities for Tasmania, cater for a new and expanding visitor segment and help to grow the state’s tourism sector,” she said.

Hyatt Centric hotels promise upscale, cosmopolitan experiences in the heart of prime visitor destinations, catering to business and leisure travellers.

Hyatt Hotel area vice president for the Pacific region, Robert Dawson, said he was looking forward to bringing the Hyatt Centric brand to Tasmania.

“ … We believe the brand is ideally suited to capture Tasmania’s unique culture and to provide savvy travellers with a perfect launch pad to explore Hobart and the wider region,” he said.

The Hyatt announcement has been welcomed by Premier Will Hodgman and Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey, who described it as a “major coup” for Hobart.

“The Hyatt Centric brand fits perfectly with Tourism Tasmania’s marketing and our positioning in the national and international tourism markets,” Mr Hodgman said.

Ald Hickey said the council worked with Elizabeth Tasmania to ensure that the five-star hotel development fitted into the Hobart city centre, taking account of local heritage considerations.

The hotel is being designed by Hobart firm JAWS Architects, and received planning approval from the Hobart City Council in April last year.

The project will support 177 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and about 60 ongoing roles once complete, and will provide an injection to the local economy of almost $24 million.

Construction is expected to commence in July 2017, with the hotel scheduled to be operational by early 2019.

Caption: An artist’s impression of the proposed 221-room Hyatt Centric Hobart hotel at 28-32 Elizabeth Street.

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