Tasmanian Hospitality Review - February / March 2023


WREST Point celebrated 50 years on Friday February 10 and while taking some time reminisce and celebrate its incredible past, it remains to look firmly to the future. The hotel’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary and there is no doubt Wrest Point put Tasmania on the map and created an unprecedented boom in visitor numbers when it opened in 1973. Today, Wrest Point is renowned as one of the most iconic hotels in Tasmania, attracting roughly 82,257 hotel guests in 2022. Federal Group Managing Director and CEO Greg Farrell, Wrest Point General Manager Andrew Fox and Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO Luke Martin reflect on the significance of the milestone achievement and what its future looks like. Federal Group Managing Director and CEO Greg Farrell said it was a venue that has constantly reinvented itself to meet the needs of Tasmania’s tourism and events sector. CELEBRATING 50 INDUSTRY FEATURE

“We’re proud of the role that Wrest Point continues to play as a major employer and training ground for tourism and hospitality professionals,” Farrell said. “We’re incredibly proud of the property today, which has new restaurants and bars, boutique casino gaming spaces, and the best entertainment facilities in the state, including the refurbished Showroom.” Over the past half a century it has provided thousands and thousands of Tasmanians with work with many people having had their careers kick-started including Honey Bacon, Bernard Dwyer, David Christian, Rebecca White MP, Brendan Blomeley, and Jude Franks. Wrest Point is proudly part of Federal Group, which is Tasmania’s largest private sector employer and currently has about 650 staff at Wrest Point. “Our incredible staff is the key to its success, having over the years upheld the values and traditions of our organisation and continue to do so today,” Mr Farrell said.

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