The new names and faces of Australian accom

Accor has announced a new Mercure for Sydney’s Hills district to sit alongside popular local entertainment venue The Fiddler Hotel.

Currently under construction, Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill will encompass 78 guest rooms including 67 standard, seven family and four disability rooms spread across the four-storey hotel.

Located on the corner of Commercial and Windsor Roads, it will link directly with The Fiddler’s complex and is expected to open in July 2019.

Facilities will include a fitness centre, swimming pool, conferencing and events spaces, while dining options will be provided to guests through The Fiddler’s existing venues. 

Accor chief operating officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said: “Development in Sydney’s west is gaining momentum and the opening of a new international-quality midscale hotel will positively contribute to the economic and tourism growth of the area through job creation and services.

“Accor is delighted at the opportunity to partner with Lewis Land Group and introduce the Mercure brand to Sydney’s Hills District adding quality new hotel supply.”

Novotel newbie

While one Mercure grows, another bites the dust. Mercure Sydney International Airport has been rebranded to Novotel Sydney International Airport following the completion of a multi-million-dollar refresh.

Novotel Sydney International

Situated 1km from the Sydney Airport precinct, the hotel will continue to operate under the Accor banner offering mid-scale accommodation in spacious rooms, 24/7 catering, meeting rooms and fitness centres.

General manager Zayne Boon, said: “We’re delighted to continue to operate this hotel under the Novotel brand.

“Novotel resonates so well across the globe and is an instantly recognisable name in the mid-scale hotel space, known for its multi-service offering with the versatility to cater to our loyal business and leisure guests.

“In conjunction with an extensive renovation, we saw an opportunity to further leverage the Novotel brand’s presence around the Sydney Airport precinct, and we are excited to welcome guests and showcase the refreshed hotel from today.”

The new design incorporates a botanical theme with “wooden accents, botanical wallpaper and pops of colour”. The hotel’s restaurant and bar concept will be reimagined with a new menu to feature a paddock to plate philosophy with an emphasis on supporting local producers.

The property’s grand ballroom, which accommodates up to 400 delegates, has also received a makeover.

Delaware to Darwin

[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”15046″ align=”right”]North American hospitality giant Delaware North has won regulatory approval to acquire Darwin’s SkyCity casino and will return the entertainment and gaming venue to its original name.

Delaware North paid $188 million for the casino late last year, buying it from New Zealand gaming company SkyCity Entertainment.

It encompasses 600 electronic gaming machines, more than 30 table games, four restaurants, five bars, VIP super villas with gaming suites, a day spa plus a variety of conference spaces and a 152-room hotel and resort.

The property will be renamed the Mindil Beach Casino & Resort in a nod to its beachfront location overlooking the Arafura Sea.

“This place began its life as Mindil Beach Casino and we think it’s a fitting tribute to the location, the venue and its patrons that we honour its legacy by reverting to the original name, albeit with a subtle adaptation to recognise the resort features that have been introduced over the years,” said Delaware North managing director Gary Brown.

Fresh Ayres

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has been announced as NSW’s tourism minister following the state election last month.

Mr Ayres has been welcomed to the role by Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW, acting CEO Adele Lausberg saying the association looked forward to a close working relationship with Ayres.

“Stuart Ayres has long been a highly respected member of the cabinet and, of course, is very familiar with the tourism portfolio having previously been a NSW trade, tourism and major events minister,” she said.

“On behalf of our members I welcome him to his new position as minister for jobs, investment, tourism and Western Sydney – we look forward to working with him to benefit the tourism sector.”

Dr Lausberg also paid tribute to outgoing tourism and major events minister Adam Marshall.

“Minister Marshall had a great understanding of the tourism and accommodation industry and I would like to thank him for his efforts to improve the tourism experience in both metropolitan and regional NSW,” she said.

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