EXCLUSIVE BY JAMES WILKINSON
Rydges Sydney International Airport is set to add an additional floor for meetings and events on top of the 317-room property that’s currently under construction at Kingsford Smith Airport.
HM can exclusively reveal the floor, which is subject to planning approval, would be completed during the initial construction and open with the hotel in mid-2013.
“Sydney Airport have applied to utilise the space [and] should we be successful, it will take the functions space to a new level with incredible views over the airport through to the city. It will be incredibly unique,” Rydges Sydney International Airport General Manager Tish Nyar told HM.
He also confirmed the property is on schedule to open in the second quarter of 2013.
“We expect the hotel to be complete in May and operational in June 2013, so we remain on-track,” Nyar said.
He said the property would feature 317 guest rooms and a “fantastic bar and restaurant on the ground floor”.
“We are still finishing the F&B concepts, but can promise they will be a key feature of this outstanding hotel, locals and travellers will be really pleased with the new offering at the airport,” Nyar said.
“Our restaurant will have an open kitchen and fast but exacting service standard. We’re looking forward to being operational to showcase everything.”
Nyar said while the new meetings floor would ensure the property was popular with the MICE market, he was expecting movement across all segments.
“With the location of the hotel and the time of year we anticipate opening, we are looking to hit the ground running across most segments, the opening team will be selling to all segments from late 2012 or very early in 2013,” he said.
Rydges Sydney International Airport will be the second Amalgamated Holdings Limited’s (AHL) to open in the Harbour city within 12 months, following the mid-September opening of QT Sydney.