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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sydney needs more 5 star hotels says Chamber

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The Sydney Business Chamber has expressed its disappointment to opposition from the City of Sydney Council to a proposal for the development of a 5 star hotel at Barangaroo.

“If Sydney is serious about being in the tourism game, we need more 5 star hotels to compete with other Asia Pacific destinations,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.

“The Premier has every right to express his vision and support for developments in the Barangaroo precinct – it is a state significant project that should have the interest of the Premier.

“One of the reasons why Sydney has a scarcity of 5 star hotels is height limitations because of the City of Sydney’s limited vision.

“If we are going to compete on a world scale and maintain our place as a destination of choice, Sydney needs the type of accommodation that this development offers.

“Barangaroo is a once in a lifetime opportunity to add a truly remarkable precinct to the very heart of Sydney’s CBD. Being timid, and lacking imagination, will not deliver the sort of visionary project like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House that Sydneysiders will be expecting.”

Mrs Forsythe said that while the Sydney Business Chamber was supportive of bold developments in Barangaroo, such as a 5 star hotel development, it still needed to be approved through appropriate consultation and planning processes.

“What we are saying is, ‘don’t be opposed to any idea for opposition sake’ – and this development has far reaching implications that go well beyond the remit of the City of Sydney."

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