Luxury hotel space expands Down Under

Luxury is coming to Australia—and coming fast. The latest is the announcement of a new $140-million, 250-room Sofitel hotel set to begin construction in Adelaide in 2017. According to Australia's News.com, the hotel will be the first international five-star hotel to be built in the city in almost 30 years.

Premier Jay Weatherill said building a five-star branded hotel in Adelaide was one of the government's economic priorities outlined last year.

"Having a luxury branded five-star hotel in Adelaide will be a further boost to our $5.1 billion tourism industry which employs more than 33,000 people," Weatherill said. "As a valuable industry to the state's economy it is important we support new and refreshed tourism developments, further develop accommodation in the city and continue to invest in South Australia's tourism assets and experiences."

Accor Pacific, which manages the Sofitel chain in Australia, said the development would help further elevate Adelaide's international profile.

"It has been nearly 30 years since a hotel development of this status and quality has been announced in Adelaide's CBD and it will help attract significant increases in tourism, business travel and conferences to the city," Accor Pacific chief Simon McGrath said.