The Hobart City Council has given approval for a $45 million hotel close to the CBD after being knocked back at committee level due to heritage and traffic issues.
The 225-room hotel will be built on the Myer’s store site in Macquarie St and work is expected to start later this year when Myers moves to new premises.
Hobart mayor Sue Hickey welcomed the approval. “We have already seen an increase in tourism of 11 per cent and mostly from China or Hong Kong and also from Singapore,” she said.
“The government has a target to get to 1.4 million visitors in four years — it often takes two to three years to get these hotels up and we’re desperately short for them so we see this as a major coupe for Hobart.”
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