New Batavia Coast Conference Centre pulling business-leisure crowds to Geraldton and the Mid West
Businessman, publican, and now conference centre king — a Geraldton man says the whole region will reap the rewards of his latest venture.
In January 2020, The Gerald Apartment Hotel received a $250,000 regional economic grant to help build a 350-person conference facility in central Geraldton, with the business covering more than half the cost.
A week after it opened its doors, Batavia Coast Conference Centre has already hosted a property conference, two large-scale dinners, and a health conference.
According to owner Grant Pitman, his events team has about 30 more events scheduled for the next 12 months. “We are hoping to bring about 15,000 (to) 20,000 unique visitors to our town,” he said.
“In the process of staying here for two or three days, that’s 30,000 pots of beer or 30,000 accommodation nights if they stay for two days.
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“That's what this is all about — bringing unique visitors to town and stimulating local business.”
The hotel was also recently named a finalist in the 2021 Australian Hotels Association WA Accommodation Awards for Excellence. The business is up for the prestigious best regional accommodation award for WA, with nominations for housekeeping manager Sheryll Giba, assistant general manager Gemma Clark, and rooftop hotel bar Old Man & The Sea.
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