The Western Australian government has called for expressions of interest to build a waterfront CBD hotel with at least 400 beds.
And Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive officer Bradley Woods said international chains already had shown interest in the premier site.
He said the strong competition meant prospective developers would need to be creative in their applications and put forward “an identifiable hotel”.
“This is a perfect opportunity to come up with a benchmark, stand-out, significant hotel for Perth and the Perth waterfront,” Mr Woods said.
Mr Woods said he expected the hotel to be of 4.5-5-star quality and to target tourists rather than the corporate sector.
Urban Development Institute of Australia WA chief executive officer Debra Goostrey said while the hotel would inevitably be at the premium end, it would not necessarily be the most expensive in the city.
Ms Goostrey said the location of the site was “very attractive” to international and local developers. She expected the project to end up a joint venture between Australian and overseas investors.
Planning minister John Day said the government wanted the development at two sites adjacent to Barrack Square around the Belltower to yield “at least” 400 hotel rooms.
The formal expression of interest period would close at the end of October before the assessment and short-listing of applications, Mr Day said.
“These two sites will establish the eastern peninsula of the quay and offer a land area of more than 6800m² for a mix of retail, residential and short stay accommodation,” he said.
Hotel rooms were a key focus.