The Development Consent Authority has today approved the $200 million Darwin Luxury Hotel development at the Darwin Waterfront.
The Darwin Westin will be operated by Westin Hotels and Resorts.
The project is expected to create up to 500 jobs for Territorians during construction and a further 150 jobs ongoing in operation.
Construction will commence on site this year and the hotel will open to the public in 2021.
Local businesses will have the opportunity to tender for contracts. The developer has undertaken procurement processes to identify local capacity, through the ICN gateway.
Access to Darwin’s waterfront will not be impacted by the Hotel. The developer will construct a new seawall, public footpaths and public boardwalk as part of the development, connecting through to Jervois Road and onto the cruise ship terminal.
The Territory Labor Government is investing $17 million in public infrastructure which includes a 200m Skywalk to connect the Luxury hotel to the CBD.
The Skywalk development has received approval under the terms of the Heritage Act.
QUOTES attributable to Chief Minister Michael Gunner
“This is great news for the Territory and our $100 million City Revitalisation agenda, creating up to 500 jobs during construction and around 150 jobs ongoing in operation.”
“A $200 million private investment into the Territory is a significant boost to confidence in the Territory.”
“Make no mistake, the Darwin Westin is a game-changer for Darwin, and it brings with it enormous opportunities for local businesses, tourism operators, retailers and residents.”
“It opens up a new tourism stream for Darwin, at the top end of the market and this is great news for tourism, business tourism and private investment opportunities.”
“This Government is doing everything we can to create jobs, attract private investment, revitalise our CBD and grow our population through infrastructure investment, tourism and innovation – this is all part of our plan to secure the Territory’s future.”
“Today’s announcement creates jobs in the short-term and permanent jobs in the long term.”
“The Hotel will be a drawcard for high-end business and leisure visitors and give Darwin a significant edge in the lucrative business conference market, growing our relationships with our international neighbours and potential private investors.”
“Locals will also love the features of the Luxury hotel, set in lush, tropical gardens with a rooftop restaurant and bar, and improved connectivity from the Waterfront to the CBD via an iconic Skywalk which will be a destination in its own right, to showcase the spectacular view on offer.”
QUOTES attributable to Mike Hughes, Vice President of Landbridge Group
“We are very excited to see a world-class, luxury hotel coming to Darwin.”
“The hotel is designed to attract the lucrative luxury market, including the high end business and corporate traveller.
“Following today’s decision by the Development Consent Authority, we are on track for construction to commence this year.”
“We have been working with ICN gateway to assess local capability and this is a great opportunity for local businesses.”