Event Hospitality & Entertainment has joined a management agreement for South Australia’s third Rydges property.
Managed in partnership with CK Property Group, the new ‘Rydges at the Wharf Port Adelaide’ will open with 180 rooms, conference and meeting facilities and a locally inspired restaurant and bar.
Based on the burgeoning waterfront region of Port Adelaide’s Adelaide River, Rydges at the Wharf Port Adelaide will be the closest hotel to South Australia’s multi-billion-dollar, high-tech defence industry submarines program.
The hotel will also service the nearby ‘Technology Park’ and Edinburgh Defence precinct as well as the other 7,000 businesses spread over 7,000 hectares of employment land surrounding Port Adelaide.
Norman Arundel, Event’s director of hotels and resorts, said: “We are thrilled to be working with CK Property Group to deliver this outstanding hotel.
“With the growing defence and tourism sectors, there will be strong demand for this project and we look forward to Rydges becoming an integral part of the local community.
“Event has enormous enthusiasm for South Australia’s vibrant tourism and travel sector.
“We recently opened the highly successful Atura Adelaide Airport and have also announced the QT brand will be coming to Adelaide.”
CK Property Group joint managing director Walt Coulston said the hotel would help revitalise Port Adelaide.
“We engaged with locally renowned architect Brown Falconer and created an iconic waterfront hotel design,” he said.
“Our focus will not only be on providing much needed high-quality accommodation to the nearby defence sector, but also to create new amenity in the form of alfresco dining and various wine bars for everyone to enjoy.
“Event is the perfect partner for us, and we look forward to working closely with them to the benefit of all involved.”
Rodney Harrex, CEO of South Australian Tourism Commission, said the announcement was a major boost for the ongoing renewal of Port Adelaide.
“We are very proud of our relationship with the CK Property Group and Event Hospitality & Entertainment and their commitment to invest in South Australia,” he said.
“Port Adelaide is seeing tremendous growth in business and leisure investment. We look forward to working with the team at Rydges at the Wharf Port Adelaide to support this new accommodation development.”