Hopes for a new luxury hotel in Darwin have been resurrected with Marriott International saying the city is “exceptionally well placed” for a 5-star property.
Speaking to the NTNews, Marriott International vice president Hotel Development Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Richard Crawford said Covid had changed the accommodation landscape.
“Marriott’s view is that Darwin is exceptionally well placed,” he said.
“Domestic leisure tourism is fuelling high occupancy rates and high average nightly rates across regional Australia and that’s the silver lining.
“Darwin is in a very good position. I think what we see now because of Covid is a sustained renaissance in domestic leisure travel.
“So within Australia and the Northern Territory other destinations will enjoy sustained popularity. Then when people are eventually travelling to Australia I think our reputation, our appeal as a destination, much like others that have a clean safe reputation will be a beneficiary.”
Crawford added that the Top End’s strength as and energy and resource hub would underpin the success of the Marriott brand in Darwin.
“A strong economy will underpin the success of a five star Marriott hotel in Darwin,” he said.
Marriott had been planning to open a new build Westin hotel on the waterfront, but construction was halted last year when Chinese company Landbridge was granted a 12-month extension while it considered its options.