NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall launched the 590-room 35-level Sofitel, which is opposite the new International Convention Centre.
Dr Jerry Schwartz, the hotel owner, handed it over to 33 different charities on Tuesday night to take out as many rooms as they could, with the aim of raising up to $1 million. An amount of $508,000 has already been raised.
It is the first five-star hotel and first new-build hotel for Dr Schwartz.
“With Sydney’s demand – especially at the top end of the market – expected to continue growing strongly, and with the International Convention Centre next door, this is a five-star development that made sense,” he said on Tuesday.
“Five-star hotels demand far higher levels of staffing and ongoing costs but the Sydney market is well placed to support this development and the many other five-star hotels expected to enter the market over the next five years.”
The 590 new rooms including 35 suites will join another 4800 new hotel beds in Sydney to be completed by 2024. About 40 new hotels are expected to open in the city in the next five years.
AccorHotels, which operates Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, will be responsible for many of the new rooms including the new The William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel in southwest Sydney, due to open in 2018 and The Porter House, MGallery by Sofitel scheduled to open in the CBD in 2019.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will host many of Sydney’s ICC conference visitors and will be a big contributor to the tourism sector, AccorHotels’ Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath said on Tuesday.
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