South Australian Tourism Commission CEO, Rodney Harrex.
South Australian Tourism Commission CEO, Rodney Harrex.

South Australia will welcome more than two-dozen new hotels in the next few years as investors respond to visitor arrival numbers which, prior to the pandemic, had been growing steadily and consistently for several years.

Thousands of new rooms are expected to open in the next few years, with hotels at various stages of construction to be managed by brands including Accor, IHG, Event Hospitality, Wyndham, Hyatt, SkyCity Entertainment as well as numerous private owner/operators.

Westin Adelaide is currently under construction, due to open in 2022.

Speaking exclusively to HM, South Australian Tourism Commission CEO, Rodney Harrex, said hotel bookings in Adelaide and its surrounding metropolitan area hit the highest levels seen in more than a decade, with the visitor economy hitting an all-time high of AUD$8 billion.

“The interest and investment in South Australia from a number of international hotel brands has been fantastic and is testament to the strength and innovation of our tourism sector,” Harrex said.

A rendering of the forthcoming TRYP by Wyndham Adelaide, due to open in 2021.

“South Australia offers the best of the nation, with wide open spaces and unspoilt nature, world-famous wine regions only minutes from the city, and an unhurried pace and ease of access that is the envy of more congested cities.

“New luxury accommodation and hotel development will play a critical role in the post-COVID recovery of our tourism sector. With states and territories jockeying for position to grab some of the AUD$65 billion that Australians normally spend overseas, the opening of these hotels this year is an opportunity for South Australia to raise its domestic profile and take a good chunk of that.

The Oval Hotel at Adelaide Oval will be marketed by Event Hospitality as an affiliate property.

“These incredible five and six-star hotel developments will not only entice visitors from interstate, and when the time comes, from overseas too. Each new hotel development provides a significant boost to the local economy, creating construction, generating spend with local businesses, and creating more jobs in the tourism sector,” Harrex added.

New hotels coming to Adelaide:

EOS by SkyCity Adelaide – Due to open late 2020

Hotel Indigo Adelaide – Due to open in 2020

Hyatt Regency Adelaide – Due to open 2022

Crowne Plaza Adelaide – Opening October 2020

Sofitel Adelaide – On track to open 2021

TRYP by Wyndham Adelaide – Due to open 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Adelaide – Due to open 2021

Westin Adelaide – Due to open 2022

Rydges Port Adelaide – No set opening date confirmed as yet

Vibe Adelaide – Due to open in 2021

The Oval Hotel – Opening in 2020

Hines Property micro-hotel – Due to open 2021

Oscar Seppeltsfield Hotel – Due to open 2022

Wirra Wirra Winery Resort – Due to open 2022