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Perth Ambassador and Goodearth hotels are three-and-a-half
star hotels on Adelaide Terrace. The Ambassador offers premium
deluxe rooms, the result of a recent $2 million refurbishment
program. It has 170 accommodation rooms and suites plus five
event spaces for up to 130 (cocktail) or 80 (banquet) with a smaller
boardroom for 20.
Across the terrace the Goodearth has 180 apartment-style
rooms with kitchenettes. Two meeting rooms suit up to 150
(cocktail) or 120 (theatre). Both hotels offer value with day delegate
packages from $55 and the free WiFi is understandably popular
with meeting planners.
Fremantle’s firing too
Two new hotels are to be built in this port city that once was home
to the America’s Cup. DoubleTree by Hilton Fremantle overlooking
the park near the “Cappuccino Strip” will have 150-rooms, a
restaurant, bar, business centre, gym, pool and event spaces. It is
due to open in 2017. Fremantle is also the site of a new 154-room
development at the Woolstores.
For a different hotel experience, Hougoumont Hotel Fremantle
has all mod cons, from free WiFi to smart TV, a delightful heritage
façade and staff well versed in the history of the name. In fact if
you didn’t go around the back of the property you would never
know that your “superior cabin” is actually constructed from
imported fully-fitted shipping containers, which explains its
affordability. There’s a boardroom for 22 with audio-visual
equipment and free WiFi. And at 5pm each afternoon the hotel
serves complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine – no wonder it is
proving popular with corporates (and their bean counters).
Launched last February, owner Patrick Prendiville already plans to
add 65 more rooms, a 300-seat restaurant and a pool by building
on to an adjacent vacant block. At present the hotel has
arrangements with a nearby restaurant for breakfast.
Fremantle offers a range of event venues with an historic theme
from the Esplanade Hotel, to the West Australian Maritime
Museum. But the heritage-listed Lionel Samson building in Cliff
Street, once home to the oldest continuing family business in
Australia, has a rich history as a wine and spirit store that can be
enjoyed for events today.
Apart from a cellar which houses an historic wine collection, the
building also boasts a tiered theatre – both spaces are available
for hire together with kitchen facilities (BYO chef). Upstairs is a
museum dedicated to Mr Samson who emigrated in 1829 then
served as postmaster-general, a State MP and held the first liquor
Mandoon Estate, which is a working winery and boutique
brewery, just opened its event space for 400 (banquet) or 500
(theatre). About 20 km from the city along the Swan Valley, this
historic property was first planted with vines in 1840 and still has
viable verdelho vines from 1895. Mandoon’s Caroline Brown said
the venue is ideal for corporate events with options for team-
building around the winery and the Homestead brewery. The
onsite restaurant offers five and seven-course degustation menus.
Meeting business demand
Perth city and the greater metropolitan area already has more than
10,500 hotel rooms ranging from budget to luxury resorts and
boutique hotels, but it has been estimated the city needs 1900
additional rooms by 2020.
And although regarded as a remote capital city, Perth is actually
well connected with 17 international, five domestic and 11 regional
airlines flying into Perth airport and on to more than 50 domestic
and international destinations. The airport recently opened a new
terminal (T2) designed to cater for the fly-in-fly-out workforce, but it
is also adding a new runway to help reduce morning and afternoon
On average each year the Perth Convention Bureau attracts
100 million dollars-worth of conference business and more than
50,000 delegates. And it continues to win the business necessary
to fill the new hotel rooms under construction in Perth: LNG18 the
world’s biggest global meeting for the gas industry will be held in
April 2016 over four days attended by 4000 delegates; Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) & ASM 2015 is a 2500
delegate event for May 2015; the International Zeolite Conference
(IZC) is in June 2019 over six days for 1000 attendees.
With the new room stock in place the business events industry
has estimated the city could host events for 8000 to 9000
delegates. It hosted more than 4000 during CHOGM in 2011.
Among the most popular off-site event venues in Perth is Matisse
Beach Club, a glamorous and colourful beachfront event venue at
the Esplanade Hotel at Scarborough. It’s a bar, a casual dining
experience, a restaurant and an events venue with private cabanas
and beach lounges in pastel hues that provide their own theming.
Event and function sales manager, Els Petitjean, says the venue can
be hired exclusively Monday through Thursday for product
launches, training days or as a private room for 50 to 300. m
Matisse Beach Club event and
functions sales manager, Els Petitjean.
Lionel Samson cellar,
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