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Western Australia set for 500 room six star hotel

As Perth continues to cement its reputation as one of Australia's best cities, Casino operator Crown has announced its intention to begin construction on a new 500 room, six star hotel next year.
02 August 2012
The hotel, titled the Crown Towers Hotel, will form part of Crown's Burswood Entertainment Complex and its 500 rooms are set to ease a growing room shortage in the ever expanding city.

The resources boom which has allowed the Australian economy to thrive while the Western World stagnates has had a knock on effect on the Western Australian centre of the boom.

The growing number of tourists to the region has led to a shortage of rooms which have led to a record increase in room rate - up 20% on last year, the highest of any Australian capital city. The Crown Towers Hotel, with its 500 luxury rooms, 500 poker machines and 130 gaming tables, is set to change all that.

"This will go a long way to alleviating the chronic room shortage that has been negatively affecting Perth's tourism industry and the overall WA economy," said Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett.

Mr Barnett said the new hotel could bring in almost 80,000 tourists to the region a year, create 700 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs as well as AU$60 million (£40.4 million) a year in tourism revenue.

Perth is one of Australia's fastest growing cities and Tourism Ministers Kim Hames said the Crown Towers Hotel will go some way to further boosting the state's reputation as a great holiday destination.

"Perth currently leads all Australian capitals on occupancy, average room rates and revenue per available room, however only 223 new rooms have been opened in the city since 2006, none of which involved a new hotel opening," said the minister.

"Crown Towers is a welcome asset for tourism in this state and will particularly assist in catering to the emerging Chinese and other Asian markets.

"This new development will be of great benefit not just for visitors, but also residents with new jobs for workers and fresh entertainment options for West Australians."

If you would like to take advantage of one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations, you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.