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Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation

Tourism is one of NSW’s most important industries, contributing $24 billion annually to the state’s economy and generating approximately 257,000 direct and indirect jobs. 

With the flurry of hotel commencements in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics, the decade following saw only three sizeable new hotels built in Central Sydney, a few refurbishments of existing hotels and withdrawal of some hotel assets as buildings converted to residential. 

There is currently an acknowledged shortage of hotel accommodation rooms in Sydney’s CBD. A 2012 report by the Tourism Association of Australia found Sydney needs 150 to 550 new hotel rooms every year or 5,000 rooms by 2020 to meet the demands of the tourism sector.

JBA has been fortunate to have worked with a number of clients in delivering some significant tourism, hospitality and recreation developments around Sydney and NSW, assisting clients in meeting the hotel accommodation shortfall and boosting NSW’s tourism economy generally. 

JBA has also undertaken work on behalf of the Tourism NSW and the NSW Tourism, Planning and Investment Taskforce to identify how planning incentives could encourage hotel development in the Sydney CBD.

Our specialist team has the capability and experience to assist you in realising your next project. We can assist with due diligence activities, assistance and running of design competitions, preparation of Local Development Applications and State Significant Development Applications.

Contact Person

Clare Swan

Clare Swan


Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Human Geography and a Masters Degree in Environmental Planning, both from Macquarie University.

Jennie Buchanan

Jennie Buchanan

BPlan (Hons I) MPIA
Associate Director

Jennie is an Associate Director with over 15 years’ planning experience. Jennie holds a Bachelor of Planning, graduating with Honours.