Meet the Team: Amanda Lovett, Assistant Director of Sales at The Star

With a passion for tourism and events, Amanda took up the role of Business Development Manager – Events with The Star in 2012 as the venue was re-introduced to the industry as Sydney’s first and only integrated resort. Promoted to Assistant Director of Sales in 2014, in her time at The Star, Amanda has proven her skills in events and customer relations, playing an integral role in raising the profile of The Star within the local and international industry.

One of Amanda’s key achievements at The Star has been her involvement in launching The Star Event Centre in early 2013. Since its launch Amanda has secured numerous high profile events including, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards (a.k.a. Australia’s answers to the Oscars) and the most anticipated night on the music industry calendar, the ARIAs which were held in November for the third year in a row at The Star.

Her experience combined with her memberships within a number of industry associations such as Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) and Business Events Sydney alongside her management of The Star’s presence at international events such as AIME, IMEX and Luxperience has helped to build The Star’s reputation as Sydney’s premier events and entertainment destination.

Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

What’s On at The Star

‘Tis the season to party! Celebrate the holidays at The Star with award-winning restaurants and fantastic function spaces – plus plenty of opportunities to party on afterwards or even stay the night!

Enjoy a cocktail and admire the city and harbour skyline from Sydney’s favourite rooftop bar, Sky Terrace, open Thursday to Sunday.

Kick off 2016 at The Star! Enjoy The Star’s top summer hits and events this January.

Sydney Festival is back in 2016 with The Star as Principal Partner and live DJ sets on Sky Terrace, 7 – 24 January, Thursday to Sunday.

The Star’s partnership with The City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year Festival – the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside Asia – will continue 6 – 14 February 2016.

Business leaders from around the globe will descend on the Event Centre, 25 – 26 May 2016, for the World Business Forum; speakers include Sir Richard Branson, Chris Gardner and Tamara Erickson.

Event Gallery: 2015

Sokyo’s Chase Kojima Wins Chef Of The Year At Prestigious AHA Awards

Chef of the Year - Chase KojimaFor the second year in a row, The Star’s food and beverage offering has been awarded one of the highest national accolades in the industry, with Sokyo Executive Chef Chase Kojima named as the joint winner of the 2015 Australian Hotel Association (AHA) Chef of the Year award.

The AHA National Awards for Excellence took place last night at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast, The Star’s fellow Echo Entertainment venue, recognising leading hotels and individuals from across the country for their valuable contribution to the hotel industry.

The prestigious Chef of the Year award was shared between Kojima and Lee Kwiez from Darley’s Restaurant at Lilianfels Resort & Spa. The back-to-back win sees Kojima follow in the footsteps of Jason Alcock, Executive Sous Chef at The Star, who took out the honour at the 2014 awards. One of Australia’s leading and most influential Japanese chefs, Kojima brings exciting and unexpected flavour to Australia’s culinary scene at Sokyo, where he and his team of 50 expert culinary staff have enjoyed rave reviews.

Andy North, General Manager of Food & Beverage, The Star said: “We’re extremely proud to see Chase awarded another well-deserved industry honour. The accolade follows prestigious awards from Gourmet Traveller, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, and Tourism accommodation Australia among others, and is a testament to his passion for culinary innovation and creating exceptional food and beverage experiences for our guests.

“He is a dedicated leader who constantly strives to inspire and motivate the entire Sokyo team.”

In the past year Kojima has enjoyed success along the east coast with the celebrated opening of his second restaurant, Kiyomi at Jupiter’s on the Gold Coast, serving a modern yet distinctly Japanese menu, along with the seven day breakfast offering in Sydney, Breakfast by Sokyo.

Chase Kojima, Executive Chef, Sokyo said: “I’m extremely honoured to be recognised as AHA Chef of the Year after my biggest and most exciting year to date. It’s a pleasure to work with the extraordinarily talented team at Sokyo, who share my vision to deliver exciting, cutting edge Japanese
cuisine to Sydney.”

The Star Sydney announces vision for its hotels

Mr John Autelitano, General Manager of Hotels at The Star Sydney recently outlines the strategic vision for hotels – to boost international competitiveness.

The Star Sydney is upgrading the Astral Tower and Residences Hotel in a $130 million refurbishment to meet the growing market demand for quality 5-star accommodation in Sydney. The refurbishment of rooms and suites at the Astral Tower and Residences will complement The Star’s existing domestic and international luxury offering and is set for completion in mid-2016.

The refurbishment demonstrates Echo Entertainment’s focus and investment in raising the level of The Star’s guest service experiences and world-class accommodation.

You can read more about our vision for The Star Sydney hotels in our press release.