5-star Powerhouse Partnership brings Rydges to New England Region

Monday 15 July, 2019

Powerhouse Hotels and Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited (EVENT) have announced their new partnership that sees Powerhouse Hotels join the extensive Rydges network.

Both hotels continue to be managed by owner and hotelier Greg Maguire, retaining the heritage of the Powerhouse properties while benefiting from the strength of the Rydges brand and more than three decades of hotel experience in Australia and New Zealand. 

Greg Maguire, owner of Powerhouse Hotel Group said, “Powerhouse Hotels is an Australian owned family business and we’ve been operating in regional NSW for the past 39 years.  Over this time we’ve developed a solid reputation for being at the heart of the business community with exceptional service, quality restaurants and bars and luxurious facilities.

“The completion of a multi-million dollar upgrade, which will take our Tamworth hotel from a 4.5-star rating to a 5-star rating, was the catalyst for choosing to partner with EVENT whose brands, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, QT Hotels and Resorts and Atura Hotels are at the leading edge of Australian hospitality.

“We’re confident our Rydges partnership will deliver a local corporate sector focus, distribution strength in the global marketplace, continued innovation in our food and beverage offering, increased MICE business, strong digital strategy and authentically Australian guest experiences.”

Norman Arundel, Director of Hotels and Resorts, EVENT, said, “Partnering with Greg and the Powerhouse Hotel Group sees two Australian brands come together to harness our combined industry expertise and local knowledge in what is set to be an exciting new era for these iconic properties. Guests will continue to enjoy all they have come to love about Powerhouse Hotels, with all the additional benefits that come with Rydges hotels.

“Rydges and Powerhouse Hotels share a strong commitment to delivering world-class service and facilities, to investing in business and in people to add value to the regional community and tourism economy while always putting the needs of valued guests first.  Our team is incredibly excited about this appointment and look forward to Rydges becoming an integral part of the New England community.”

Greg Maguire, continued, “Regional destinations such as ours cannot be underestimated for their business and tourism appeal, natural beauty, genuine hospitality and paddock to plate experiences.  We partnered with Rydges because they understand and support the growth potential of regional Australia, together with their signature philosophy of great local hospitality, backed by extensive national and international marketing and distribution channels.

“At Powerhouse, we’re about satisfying the guest and making corporate and leisure travel a pleasurable experience. Now that we are intrinsically linked with the power of the Rydges brand this provides endless opportunities for our guests into the future.  We’re very excited about this partnership,” concluded Greg.

Powerhouse Hotels inject 8 million dollars annually into the local New England economy through employment, tourism and supporting local suppliers. Together the two properties employ 130 full time and casual staff and support more than 170 local based small businesses such as Ford’s Butchery, Antilles Coffee and Jack’s Creek Beef.


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