Wrest Point Recognised

Wrest Point Hotel Casino, one of Tasmania’s most recognisable tourism symbols, has been permanently entered on the Tasmanian Heritage Register by the Tasmanian Heritage Council.

 

‘The inclusion of Wrest Point Hotel Casino on the Heritage Register gives important recognition to the significant role this place has played in the development of Tasmania’s tourism and hospitality industry, said Ms Brett Torossi, Chair.

 

The iconic property on the shore of the River Derwent has undergone a number of transformations over more than 100 years. The complex features a number of structures and features of heritage significance, including elements of the 1939 Riviera Hotel and its very recognisable tower.

 

‘The design of Wrest Point’s tower is attributed to the architect Sir Roy Grounds, and was an integral part of the opening of Australia’s first legal casino on 10 February 1973.  Together, the Riviera Hotel and Wrest Point help to tell the story of how tourism and hospitality have evolved in Tasmania.

 

‘Wrest Point’s connection to its parent company is also noted in the entry, as the Federal Group is recognised as being one of the world’s oldest hotel groups.  This entry has been progressed in consultation with representatives of the property’s owners, the Federal Group and was also subject to a formal public consultation process.

 

'The entry of Wrest Point Hotel Casino on the Heritage Register helps to highlight the diversity of Tasmania’s heritage places and the importance of some of Tasmania’s more recent industries, as well as the role Wrest Point has played in helping to grow Tasmania’s visitor economy.'

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