01 Mar Potters Hotel Toowoomba Officially Opens
Local, interstate and international travellers have already called Potter’s Boutique Hotel home for the night with the city’s newest hotel experiencing a bumper first month of operation.
John Potter, developer of the upmarket Margaret Street property, which officially opened Thursday the 23rd of February, says his 55-room property has had a steady stream of business and leisure guests.
“We’ve had guests from outback Queensland, the Gold Coast and Brisbane, even Italy, Sweden and New York,” says Mr Potter, who also owns a hotel in Mackay.
While the majority of guests represent business travellers, Mr Potter says sporting groups like New Zealand’s rugby tens team have also stayed at the hotel.
“We have had interest from international Commonwealth Games athletes and bookings in general well beyond September this year.
“Toowoomba is a thriving city which is indicative of the level of support and interest in the hotel. This will have a flow on economic benefit for businesses in the CBD,” says Mr Potter.
He says the hotel’s restaurant is now open and the bar has been at capacity for the past two Friday nights.
With about 40 percent of Toowoomba’s overnight domestic stays business-related, upmarket accommodation investment should be a priority for the city, says Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio.
Mayor Antonio, who will officially open Potter’s Boutique Hotel, says accommodation was a key component in attracting large scale conferences, events, tradeshows and symposiums to the region.
“Business travel is on a steady incline and it’s vital we have a range of quality accommodation options for this market.
“I am pleased the Potter Group has seen the potential here and is contributing to the economic benefits the business travel market brings to our community,” says Mayor Antonio.
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) executive chairman Shane Charles says it’s great to see a $10 million investment in the region in a prime Toowoomba CBD position nearby the $500million QIC Grand Central redevelopment.
“The opening and re-development of hotels in Toowoomba is a great signal of ongoing demand in our region.
“TSBE hosts multiple two or three day national conferences each year that brings hundreds of business people and industry representatives from across the country to the Toowoomba region, so having targeted accommodation options for these clients takes the pressure out of planning delegate stays,” says Mr Charles.
The latest national TSBE conference is the three-day Toowoomba Transport and Logistics Symposium (TTLS) at the Empire Theatre highlighting the opportunities to the region of road, rail and air freight services. TTLS runs from February 27.