A key part of the redevelopment of Darling Harbour recreational precinct in Sydney, Australia, has moved a step closer.

The 35-storey Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel is expected to be finished in the third quarter of 2017.

It will have about 600 rooms and will be Sydney’s first major new-build five star hotel in 15 years.

AccorHotels recently named Greg Brady as the hotel’s General Manager and Marie-Cecile Heritage as Director of Sales and Marketing.

The new Sofitel is part of the NSW Government’s $AUD3.4 billion transformation of the Darling Harbour area.

It will boast panoramic views of Sydney and its famous harbour, as well as extensive food, beverage and meeting facilities, a rooftop club Lounge and outdoor pool deck.

AccorHotels says the new General Manager has more than 27 years experience in the hospitality industry. The Director of Sales and Marketing has worked in hotels in Australia and France for 15 years.

Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said, the duo’s experience of the Darling Harbour precinct would prove invaluable in preparing to launch the Sofitel project.

Situated on the western fringe of Sydney’s central business district, Darling Harbour is a large pedestrian and recreational area that attracts huge numbers of visitors each year.

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