Travel badly needs some good news and IHG rolled out the big guns for today’s opening of the Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour.
Everyone was there to see NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian cut the ribbon: Tourism Australia CEO, Phillipa Harrison; Dean Long from the Accommodation Association of Australia, Margy Osmond of the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF), and the General Manager of Destination NSW, Stephen Mahoney.
It was a show of strength, unity, hope and maybe a touch of blind optimism for a NSW tourism industry that has been torched by bushfires and COVIDs.
Managing Director of IHG Australasia & Japan, Leanne Harwood, struck an upbeat tone and said it was great to see the Crowne Plaza brand back in Sydney after a 10 year absence.
“In Australia, 2020 really is the year of Crowne Plaza, with the refurbishment of our existing estate, and the opening of new hotels in Hobart, Adelaide, and Sydney Darling Harbour,” she said.
“Globally we are completely transforming the brand as we build hotels of the future with flexible design and innovation that modern travellers crave,” said Harwood.
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is 13-storeys high, located on the corner of Bathurst and Sussex Streets and features 152 guestrooms.
Space is a point of difference IHG says with floor to ceiling windows in every room.
“There is a luxury of space that not only flows throughout the suites but across all levels of the new-build hotel which in the current climate is a welcomed feature and one that sets it apart.”