Crown Supports Rival Star Casino’s Hotel Plans
James Packer, owner of Crown Resorts, has expressed his support of The Star Entertainment Group’s plans to build a luxury hotel on their Star Casino complex, converting the complex into a six-star integrated resort.
Expectations were that The Star’s plans would increase the rivalry between the two major casino operators. Crown Resorts is planning the building of a casino resort in Barangaroo across the harbour. The Crown complex will include a 275m tower and cost $2 billion to build. It is expected to be completed in 2020. The Star’s plans are part of the $1 billion refurbishment project that will include the $500 million 200m hotel towel to be operated by Ritz-Carlton. The building is expected to be completed a year before the Crown in 2019.
Despite The Star raising potential legal challenges and concerns regarding the Crown plans due to the fact that the Crown development would end their monopoly as the city’s only casino operator, James Packer has indicated the Crown’s support of The Star development plans.
“Australia still only attracts a very small proportion of the International tourism market and we should all welcome any proposal which boosts high quality hotel rooms in Sydney,” said a spokesperson for Crown Resorts.
Both operators are expecting their developments to attract high roller VIP players from Asia and the Crown discussed the benefits of more than one luxury casino resort in the city, citing the example of Singapore that has boosted its tourist numbers through the availability of numerous quality hotels.
“High quality Australian hotels shouldn’t be competing against each other,” said Crown’s spokesman. “They should be working together to attract (more) international tourists to our shores.”
He concluded that if Sydney does not keep up with the rest of the world, they will begin to lose revenue and jobs.
April 16, 2017