20 new Perth hotels open doors to thousands of jobs
A swag of swanky new hotels to be built across Perth over the next few years will help to deliver a jobs bonanza for both skilled and unskilled workers in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Seven hotels have opened their doors in WA in the past 12 months and at least another 20 are set to open by 2020, including the 205-room, $500 million Ritz-Carlton at Elizabeth Quay.
Also on the way is a Westin hotel in the CBD, a Courtyard by Marriot on Wellington Street and a Dorsett hotel next to Perth Arena.
Three Doubletree by Hiltons are also set to open in Northbridge, on the Perth Waterfront and in Fremantle.
A 2015 Austrade report predicted nearly 13,000 new staff would be needed in WA’s tourism industry by 2020.
Jobs that will be in most demand include kitchen hands, waiters, chefs, bar attendants and baristas along with cafe and hotel managers, housekeepers and cleaners.
Behind the hotels boom is a surge in international visitors, $9 billion in infrastructure spending across the city and the direct flights between Perth and Europe and Perth and China.
Non-stop flights between Perth and the UK start early next year.
Vice-president of JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group Andrew Langsford said WA had experienced the third-biggest rise in international visitors in the country in the year to June 30.
Metier Consultants chief executive Darryll Ashworth said WA could fill its newly minted hotels if it thoughtfully capitalised on the lucrative Chinese tourism market.
He said WA was perfectly positioned to build on its luxury brand shopping, the lure of the casino, food, drink and wildlife options such as Whiteman Park.
And while it has been a chequered year for Perth’s restaurant scene, there were some positive signs for the sector in the latter half of the year — and even better news for those of us who love to dine out.
The West’s food critic, Rob Broadfield, said those kicking goals this year include Subiaco’s New Normal, Gazette at Print Hall, Market Grounds at King’s Square, Calittos in Queen Street, Heritage Wine Bar on St Georges Terrace and the Ku De Ta building at Point Fraser.