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Iconic outback hotel to get $100m makeover

Iconic outback hotel to get $100m makeover

22/10/2021 9:50:00 AM

Iconic outback hotel to get $100m makeover

Iris Capital expects to spend more than $100 million on refurbishing Lasseters Hotel and Casino, which was made famous in the iconic 1994 film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Key points:Iconic Lasseters Hotel and Casino is set for a multi-million dollar makeoverThe refurbishment will create an extra 200 roomsTourism Central Australia's Danial Rochford welcomes the cash injection into the regionThe group bought the Alice Springs property, made famous in the 1994 film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert this month for $105 million with the intention to build a new hotel, upgrade the convention centre and create a residential living space.

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Lasseters chief executive Craig Jervis said the company hoped to increase room numbers by 200 to 405, to give the facility the potential to hold concurrent conferences."It's a phenomenal amount of money and fantastic for Central Australia and the tourism offering that we will have in 24 months time," he said.

Mr Jervis said work had already started in modernising the gaming room."A lot more gaming offerings have arrived [on] day one, and it's all newer technology."Everything will be enhanced from seating settings ... to lighting to music, everything will change in there in the coming months."

Mr Jervis said most of the investment would be used on upgrading the facilities and not the gambling area."We have our own compliance managers on-site, looking at any of the problem gambling stuff and meet all the requirements in that space."We continue to monitor what we do [and] a lot of harm is often outside some of those venues," he said.

'Great shot in the arm'Tourism Central Australia chief executive Danial Rochford says the purchase and investment is a game-changer for the region."It's certainly a great shot in the arm for the sector that's been struggling as a result of the pandemic," Mr Rochford said.

"What it does show is great confidence in the future for tourism."Mr Rochford said more accommodation was needed not just for tourism but for future mining projects slated for the region at Aileron and Jervois on the Plenty Highway."Both of those projects are going through the final stages of their major projects applications.

"What it does say is that the new owners have done their homework and they understand the future."It's looking very bright for us," he said.Find more local newsTell us your location and find more local ABC News and informationBorder restriction changes

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