Hosted by SBS presenter Lee Lin Chin and launched by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, City of Sydneyâ€™s Asia at Your Doorstep recent launch event featured guest speaker George Souris, Minister for Tourism & Hospitality with over 100 attendees.
VIP guests included Huaxin Li, Consul General of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China, Nicholas Manoppo Consul of Social & Cultural Affairs, Consulate of Republic of Indonesia, Toshiyaki Kobayashi, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Japan, MasterChef winner Adam Liaw, Maeve Oâ€™Meara, SMH Good Food Month Festival Director, Joanna Savill.
How long has your business been in Haymarket? 13 years since 2000.
Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area? We operate a strategic yield management system to ensure our most competitive rates are offered to the traveller market. We follow market trends and also try to set trends of our own by designing unique customer offers for both our accommodation rooms and our food & beverage outlets
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? Businesses are becoming more consumer sensitive with their pricing and ensuring that their products are relevant and attractive.
Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members? The networking opportunities are endless - you always meet someone new at each meeting. I also like that different venues are used for the meetings so members can experience other businesses in the area they may not normally experience.
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Vibrant, Electric, Inspiring
Favourite place in Haymarket? Retail pricing will become more competitive due to the changes within the Haymarket and Darling Harbour areas. From a hotels perspective - we will need to become even more savvy with our pricing + Sales and marketing activities need to be even more engaging. We will need to work more strategically together as a business corridor to ensure we retain our customer/visitor flow through.
What do you see as happening in 2013-14? The plans are exciting and cleverly thought out and designed. Switching on the Haymarket area and joining it with the Darling Harbour and Central Park precincts is key to create customer flow through. Having a central retail and business corridor will be so beneficial.
What's your favourite place Haymarket? I can't resist a late night treat at Golden century
Any advice to other businesses? Stay on top of consumer trends and marketing strategies. Ensure you are aware and participating with a dynamic social media platform and that you understand which social media tool is beneficial for what market.
What is one of your favourite quotes? 'The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters" Audrey Hepburn