FOLLOWING strong hotel occupancy figures, increasing visitor numbers and growing retail and business confidence, the Mayfair Plaza Shopping Complex in Sandy Bay is undergoing a major facelift.
Stage one of planned capital works was recently completed, including the replacement of the original shade sail covering the complex and high pressure cleaning.
The new shade sail was unveiled by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer, in September.
A centrepiece of the Sandy Bay shopping and restaurant strip, Mayfair Plaza houses a number of stores, as well as 21 motel rooms.
Plaza general manager Michael Fong said it was a good time to value-add to the complex.
“Being Tasmanian owned and operated, we are committed to the ongoing redevelopment of the Sandy Bay shopping precinct and strive to use local companies whenever possible,” he said.
The replacement of the sail was no easy feat, with the material measuring 450 square metres, making it by far the largest canopy in the state to be installed by local business Southern Sails.
“This project has given small business Southern Sails the opportunity to work on a larger scale job,” Ms Archer said.
“I commend the plaza owners on their decision to use a local business to perform the works, keeping jobs in Tasmania.
“As Tasmanians, we must look after each other whenever we can, and keeping investment local is good for everyone.”
Latest figures from the Tourism Industry Australia showed the number of international tourists visiting Tasmania increased by 22 percent in the past 12 months with total spend up by 27 percent.
“Strong growth in leisure travel has seen the number of nights spent in a hotel, motel or resort increase by nine per cent,” Ms Archer said.
“Domestic travel is also up, with events such as those associated with MONA and festival events bringing visitors to Tasmania in droves.”