New South Wales witnesses the opening of the largest regional conference centre

Published on : Saturday, February 21, 2015

crown-plaza-convention-centre-300x140The honourable Mike Baird, Premier of New South Wales, has officially unveiled the new $6 million, 1650‐delegate capacity Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Conference and Events Centre.

Robert Coates, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley says: “The new Conference and Events Centre will position the Hunter Valley as a leading Australian conference and events destination. Offering guests the latest technology and a light‐filled design in a state‐of‐the‐art venue with a combined 2,000 square metres of pre‐function, meeting and exhibition space coupled with a unique wine country destination. We have already received large scale group bookings for 2015 resulting in 20 percent growth in business events and many in the pipeline for 2016 ‐ it looks set to be a very busy year for us.”

Mr. Baird said that the convention centre highlights the potential in the area and helps to bring out the beauty of the Hunter Valley. “What it shows is a vision,” he said.

“I can see what this can do for the community and the economy”, Mr Baird added. The nine million tourists spent $2 billion in the Hunter Valley annually and the opening of the convention centre will only add to that.

The Centre has been developed by the Schwartz Family Company (SFC) and provides the largest and most comprehensive regional conference and exhibition facility in New South Wales. Schwartz Family Company director Dr. Jerry Schwartz said that the newest addition to Crowne Plaza is a part of his dream to turn a “cocoon into a butterfly”. Dr Schwartz continued to say that the convention centre will position the Hunter Valley as one of the key regional event destinations, competing with all major cities across Australia and New Zealand.

The Centre will diversify the region’s current business events mix by drawing in larger event markets and industries into the region.

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