Take Another Look At Sydney And New South Wales

               Take Another Look At Sydney And New South Wales

Destination is revitalised with developments in airline, convention, cruise
and hotel sectors

PR Newswire

SYDNEY, Jan. 15, 2013

SYDNEY, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase,
today announced that New South Wales has the plan, the people and the passion
to lead the tourism and major events sectors in Australia for 2013 and beyond.

"With a new State Government, a new one-stop agency, Destination NSW, to drive
tourism and major events and a new Visitor Economy Action Plan, New South
Wales is revitalised and keen to do even more business with customers in the
United States," Ms Chipchase said.

"The Government has announcement a flagship series of infrastructure projects
which will drive business development in New South Wales, including
Australia's largest exhibition and convention centre, a new light rail urban
transport system in the centre of Sydney and a whole-of-government approach to
implementing the Visitor Economy Action Plan."

"Destination NSW is striving to achieve the Government's goal of doubling
overnight visitor expenditure by 2020. To deliver this significant goal, we
are working with industry to grow capacity and services by implementing
strategic partnerships with the airline, business events, cruise ship and
accommodation industries."


Sydney will have Australia's first fully integrated convention, exhibition and
entertainment precinct, at Darling Harbour. The new state-of-the-art,
20-hectare Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment
Precinct is due to open in late 2016 and will feature:

  oThe largest exhibition space in Australia, at 40,000sqm
  oThe biggest meeting room space in Australia, at 6000sqm
  oThe biggest Australian convention hall capacity, with the ability to
    accommodate more than 10,000 people over four areas
  oTwo new hotels, with a combined 1000 rooms.


Destination NSW and the Sydney Airport Corporation have developed new airline
partnerships agreements and increased airline services to Sydney. Sydney
Airport Corporation has invested AUD $2 billion over the past decade to
improve the airport's quality and capacity.Sydney Airport is developing a
strategic program to significantly improve the airport layout by prioritising
airlines passengers flying into Sydney.

The New South Wales Government is implementing an AUD $1.6 billion light-rail
public transport project to link the city's main thoroughfare, business and
education hubs, from Circular Quay, George St, Central Station, Moore Park
Gardens and the University of NSW.The light-rail project will revitalise and
connect Sydney's major tourism, business, retail, recreation and research


The Government is spearheading the development of the Barangaroo project,
which will become Sydney's new financial and business hub. Barangaroo will
feature thriving commercial, public and residential precincts, with a new
waterfront park on the world's most beautiful harbour:

  oBarangaroo South will feature new business, tourism, residential and
    retail areas, including a new 500 -room hotel, due for completion in 2015.
  oBarangaroo Central will be a cultural and civic focal point for
    recreation, relaxation, events, festivals, entertainment and leisure
  oHeadland Park will be a new flagship harbour park for Sydney, scheduled to
    open in 2015.


Sydney Harbour is Australia's premier cruise ship destination – and the only
port in Australia with two dedicated cruise-passenger terminals. Sydney Ports'
AUD $87 million infrastructure development program to support the cruise
industry will include a new AUD $57 million terminal at White Bay on Sydney
Harbour, and a new master plan for redeveloping the Overseas Passenger
Terminal at Circular Quay, with over AUD $30 million already allocated to
ensuring Sydney has the best passenger port facilities in Australia.


Accommodation in Sydney will grow significantly with several flagship hotel
developments, including the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney. The AUD $150
million extension to Four Points will include new office, meeting, convention
and exhibition space. On completion, Four Points, Australia's largest hotel at
927 rooms, will become an integral part of the Darling Harbour precinct on
Sydney's western edge.

The world famous Park Hyatt Sydney has reopened following a magnificent
renovation, including the addition of three luxury penthouse suites, featuring
postcard views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

A new, ultra-luxury boutique hotel, Baillies Sydney, designed by award winning
architects Tonkin Zuilakha Greer, will open in mid-2014 in The Rocks, Sydney's
historic sandstone precinct overlooking the Harbour and Opera House.

QT Sydney has opened  in the landmark Gowings building, in the heart of
central business district. A funky boutique hotel of 196 rooms, QT Sydney
features themed rooms, stylish eccentricity and glorious Art Deco


The visual arts in Sydney has also benefitted, with an AUD $53 million
redevelopment of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, to become
Australia's major cultural centre for contemporary art and education, while
the new John Kaldor Family Gallery at the Art Gallery of NSW is the largest
single donation to an Australian public gallery, with 200 examples of
contemporary art valued in excess of AUD $35 million.

World-class sports in Sydney will also benefit from major infrastructure
projects, with the redevelopment of the Royal Randwick Racecourse. The Royal
Randwick will host a magnificent five-level grandstand, with a new 170-room
international hotel overlooking the track. The AUD $150 million redevelopment
includes an outdoor, tiered amphitheatre, Theatre of the Horse, opening August

Destination NSW is the New South Wales Government's whole of government agency
for developing and managing tourism and major events to double overnight
visitor expenditure by 2020. For more detail on any of the information above
visit: www.destinationnsw.com.au

SOURCE Destination NSW

Website: http://www.destinationnsw.com.au
Contact: Laura Davidson / Carla Tracy, Laura Davidson Public Relations,
+1-212-696-0660, laura@ldpr.com, carla@ldpr.com
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