Novotel Sydney Central Refurbish
Novotel Sydney Central has completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment and includes hotel rooms, bathrooms, pool and the lobby of the property.
The hotel is accredited by Accorâ€™s Chinese Optimum Standards which means Chinese guests receive translated information, Chinese menus, newspapers, maps and guides.
â€œWeâ€™re an even more attractive hotel for Chinese guests which sets us apart from our competitors in the area,â€Bamji said.
Bamji conceded that Haymarket has been seen as a transient suburb, overshadowed by neighbouring Darling Harbour and Chinatown.
â€œHaymarket is going to become one of the cityâ€™s most exciting precincts, surrounded by cutting edge architecture, exciting new restaurant and retail areas,â€ he said.
Creative Producer & Director
How long has your business been in Haymarket?
Monkey Baa moved into the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre (LLDQT) in 2012 - its been 18 months of settling in and finding our feet. Previously the company had a small office at the Seymour Centre so it wasn't such a big move in terms of distance, but it has been a colossal shift in our business focus, creative growth and audience development opportunities.
Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area?
Our core business is to create theatre from Australian stories. Our target audience is young people, their families, teachers and schools. Theatre companies tend to shy away from the word 'competitive' but the truth is we are the only NSW Company funded to create work by professional artists for young audiences. We feel incredibly lucky to have won the tender to operate and create work from the new LLDQT - a state of the art facility and the only purpose built theatre for young audiences in Australia. Monkey Baa is one of Australia's largest touring theatre companies. In October we will welcome our one millionth visitor. The move into the Chinatown/Darling Quarter area gives us an opportunity to create more diverse theatre experiences for the local community.
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time?
It is a little difficult to comment on the changes noticed in the area in terms of business and the local community. We have had our 'head in the sand' setting up shop at the LLDQT, but I guess the biggest change has been the ever growing influx of tourists and the increase traffic created by the large volume of CTB staff that work above us!
Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members? Its a sensational opportunity to profile our company, to network, and to learn about other businesses in our locale. We made a brilliant contact at our first meeting with another member, and our business synergy provided excellent and immediate results in increased ticket sales for our next production! What will the next meeting hold?!
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Gastronomic, Bustling, Alive
What do you see as happening in 2013-14?
2014 will be a huge year for Monkey Baa. We are creating three to four new works, undertaking our largest national tour ever with Jackie French's Pete the Sheep traveling to 54 theatres Australia wide. I am Jack, a one man show I perform in, tours the USA for 8 weeks. We are also hoping to established an Arts Education hub offering students and teachers an array of workshop and PD opportunities . We will also be hosting five or six companies presenting theatre for young audiences. The theatre also has a busy time in corporate hires - so 2014 looks action packed!
How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future? Making Chinatown and the Haymarket an important city locale would be an ideal objective - change the name of the light rail stop from Paddy's Markets to Chinatown. Give the area importance! It is time for Haymarket to be a focus for the City of Sydney. The rest of the central business district is looking great, particularly the areas hugging the harbour. The City of Sydney's rejuvenation of the Bourke Street and Crown Street precinct in Surry Hills is terrific. It is a 'friendlier' place to wander and take in the ambiance. It feels like Chinatown would really benefit from this type of renewal. We live and work in a great area, diverse, colourful, exciting - but it needs attention. I want it to be a place of destination, rather than a thoroughfare to pass through. More trees please...
Do you have any advice for local businesses? The rhythm of a community can be influenced by the people in it. Chinatown has a very fast paced 'feel'. At times a little overwhelming. Sometimes a person can feel rushed, to sit, to eat, to get out. Play against the need for speed. Not everyone is in a hurry. Not everyone is a tourist here for a day. Been genuine in customer exchange, take time, smile...
Favourite place in Chinatown? I love the open market in Dixon Street, reminds me a little of Shanghai - the markets in the old town section. I am also a sucker for a pork bun so any store that sells pork buns is a place I will frequent! There is a small bakery at the bottom end of Dixon St towards the light rail which I sneak into way too often!
What is one of your favourite quotes?
"This above all, to thine own self be true
and it must follow, as the day the night,
Thou canst not then be false to any man"
Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3