Adelaide is a city in transformation. The city’s changing landscape, including a rejuvenated Riverbank Precinct, a series of new growth industries and a pipeline of new hotel developments, has injected a fresh energy into Adelaide and seen it emerge as a leading destination for business events.
With the Convention Centre’s newly expanded capacity, Adelaide’s changing hotel landscape is particularly exciting news for business visitors; the city is preparing to welcome a series of new international hotel chains for the first time, including Sofitel, Langham and Atura. The Adelaide Casino, which forms part of the Riverbank Precinct and is just a short stroll from the Convention Centre, also recently confirmed its expansion plans, which will include a 123-room luxury hotel that is expected for completion in 2020.
A recent report published by The Lead summarised Adelaide’s hotel boom as follows: “There are 1946 hotel rooms in the supply pipeline across nine developments, with 245 rooms under construction, 1006 rooms with planning approval, and 695 rooms proposed or subject to planning consideration.” Of the nine hotels, seven are located in Adelaide’s CBD, within close walking distance to the Convention Centre.
Planned hotels include:
- Holiday Inn Express Adelaide
- Park Hotel, Pirie Street
- Sofitel Hotel, Currie Street
- Langham Place Hotel, Glenelg
- Aloft Adelaide, Sturt Street
- Casino Hotel, North Terrace
- Atura Hotel, Adelaide Airport
- Adelaidean, Frome St
- Lester Hotel, West Terrace
Beyond the city’s hotel boom, Adelaide is also benefiting from a growing flight network, further enhancing its accessibility to business travellers. Just last month, Cathay Pacific recommenced its fifth service per week to South Australia, boosting the airline’s capacity on the route by 25 percent up to 2,500 seats. Earlier this month, China Southern Airlines announced it will boost its flight schedule between Guangzhou and Adelaide to five direct flights per week (up from three) on a seasonal basis from December. Current international carriers now servicing the city include Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Emirates (via Dubai), Singapore Airlines (via Singapore), Air New Zealand (via Auckland), Fiji Airways (via Nadi) and China Southern Airlines (via Guangzhou). Together, these provide one-stop connections to Adelaide from over 300 destinations around the globe.
For visitors to the city looking to take advantage of Adelaide as a gateway to a range of unique touring and incentive experiences, QantasLink recently announced that it will operate services between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island – the Asia Pacific’s most untouched wilderness – from December 2017.