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  • Inside the Mawson Lakes Hotel of Adelaide

    Posted by Ciara Snook July 19, 2013 - 536 views - 0 comments - 0 likes

    Life on the lakes


    One of Adelaide ’s biggest and best hotels has just turned 10 years old!
    The Mawson Lakes Hotel features a sports bar, club bar, bistro seating for 300, 40 gaming machines, three function rooms, 112 guest rooms and apartments and a Thirsty Camel bottleshop, run by more than 100 staff . Based in the heart of the Mawson Lakes, surrounded by parklands and lakes, it is one of six venues owned by the Gunn Group of Companies, and sole director Andrew Gunn.
    Venue Manager Andrew Cain tells us about life on the lakes.


    Andrew Cain Mawson Lakes Hotel venue manager


    I have been privileged enough to work at the Mawson Lakes Hotel for six of its ten years and have managed it for almost five of those. Since opening its doors, trade has managed to increase each year up until the middle of 2012. With the Mawson Lakes development completed in late 2011, we too have begun to feel the pinch of the current economic times.
    Our accommodation is based on a strong corporate market mid-week, which is flat due to the downturn in the corporate market. We are now focusing on large leisure group bookings to boost our slower periods. Meetings and events have been hit the hardest. With more companies turning to in-house events, conferences and the few left using our facilities are opting for cheaper packages or straight room hire, leaving us to focus more on the leisure market.
    Gaming is consistent, as we recently increased from 33 machines to 40 machines. Food and beverage turnover is down due to competitors slashing prices, which are only hurting the industry in a tough climate.


    Bottleshop sales are stronger than ever, with a strong aim at sponsoring local sporting clubs and customers that are opting to drink at home rather than venture to the bar.  Mawson Lakes itself is faced with its own challenges, such as a lack of car parking surrounding the business precinct, but with a new shopping centre near completition across the road from our hotel we can see the light, as we are hoping this will attract more customers and offer another 300 much-needed car spaces for the area.
    Above the new shopping centre will be 40 new apartments, which we have decided to lease and add to the hotel’s accommodation portfolio.
    I believe it’s all about achieving balance, and improving current methods or the way we approach business, in order to knuckle through the tough economy we are faced with. It is more important than ever to ensure staff
    costs are at a minimum, deals are secured with suppliers and pricing of our services and products are fair.