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Hyatt Announces Plans for First Caption by Hyatt Hotel in Australia
Caption by Hyatt Sydney will introduce the select-service lifestyle-forward hotel brand to the country, and will provide a dynamic hospitality experience with an unmistakable neighborhood feel

CHICAGO (June 6, 2023) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into management and related agreements with LFG Property Pty Ltd for a Caption by Hyatt hotel in Sydney, Australia. Slated to be completed in early 2025, this development will mark the debut of the Caption by Hyatt brand in the country, which offers a hotel experience grounded in the local community where the people make the place.  

The Caption by Hyatt brand strives to remix hospitality by combining the design and comfort of an upscale, lifestyle-forward hotel with the flexibility and self-guided options of a select-service property. Centered in urban and downtown locations and mixed-use developments, each property is designed to enable people  to make the hotel their own through spaces for connection and community. A seamless, efficient guest experience is assured through tech-forward features such as digital check-in, digital keys, and mobile-order food service, alongside lively social and food-and-beverage concepts.

“We are excited to work with LFG Property Pty Ltd to bring the Caption by Hyatt brand to Australia for the first time. As a brand centered on enabling authentic connections and experiences for today’s tech-savvy traveler, this new development will create an environment where guests and locals alike can feel at home, in a space that reflects the character of the community,” said  David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “The continued growth of the Caption by Hyatt brand in Asia Pacific also represents the Hyatt’s commitment to growing its lifestyle and leisure portfolio, engaging travelers who seek to get closer to the people who make a place what it is.”

The hotel will be centrally located in Haymarket, a vibrant multicultural neighborhood at the southern end of the Sydney Central Business District, home to the city’s Chinatown, bustling markets, lively dining scene, and the Capitol Theatre. Its location will also be in an ideal position with convenient proximity to Darling Harbor, Sydney International Convention Centre, several universities and the new Tech Central innovation and technology precinct.   

Construction has begun on a purpose-built 174-guestroom hotel building design developed by GCCV architects featuring eclectic interior design courtesy of Mitchell & Eades, being constructed by Hickory Group. Anchored by a   contemporary-meets-urban industrial style, the property will feature a playful layering of colors, textures, and thoughtful hand-drawn graphic art decorating vibrant social and dining spaces. A signature marquee sign will welcome guests into the hotel, leading into Talk Shop – the Caption by Hyatt brand’s food and beverage concept, a lively welcome area and all-day lounge that serves as a workspace, coffee shop, eatery, grab-and-go artisanal market and cocktail bar. Menus will feature locally inspired all-day items and will serve as the social hub of the hotel.

“Caption by Hyatt Sydney promises to not only be a prime addition to our existing hospitality portfolio, but also a compelling destination within the Haymarket district. The brand’s emphasis on integrating with the community is closely aligned with our desire to bring a new proposition to visitors as well as to local residents,” said Mr. Lu, chairman, LFG Property Pty Ltd. “We look forward to collaborating with the Hyatt team to create an exciting development that will add meaningful value to people living in and visiting the area through fresh, authentic and local experiences.”

Caption by Hyatt brand continues growth of Hyatt’s leisure and lifestyle portfolio

The first Caption by Hyatt hotel debuted in Memphis, Tenn. in 2022 with , with further openings planned for Australia, China, Japan and Vietnam over the next two years. The brand’s growth reflects Hyatt’s broader expansion of its industry-leading lifestyle and leisure portfolio. Globally, Hyatt has doubled the number of luxury rooms, tripled the number of resorts and quadrupled the number of lifestyle rooms in its portfolio in the last five years, resulting in a richly diversified range of offerings that suit the needs of both leisure and business travelers.

For more information on the Caption by Hyatt brand, visit captionbyhyatt.com.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

For further information:

Madeleine Furley, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications, Hyatt

Glennie Janssen, Manager of Global Stakeholder Communications, Hyatt

About Caption by Hyatt

The Caption by Hyatt brand redefines what hospitality looks like in the modern world. Designed to be truly of the community—not just in it—the people make the place throughout each Caption by Hyatt hotel. Caption by Hyatt hotels hire local, buy local, and vibe local. Be it an open-mic night or a pop-up art installation, each space within Caption by Hyatt hotels is programmed to reflect each destination and its community. At the heart of each Caption by Hyatt hotel is Talk Shop: an all-day spot where guests can eat, drink, get some work done, hang with friends, or just chill. Caption by Hyatt hotels offer guests a place where "you can do you and be you,” with a tech-forward mindset offering digital check-in, digital keys, mobile-order food service, Staycast streaming technology and more.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of March 31, 2023, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,250 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 75 countries across six continents. The Company's offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Studios, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Dream® Hotels, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt®; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt®, and JdV by Hyatt®; and the Inclusive Collection, including Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Hyatt Vivid Hotels & Resorts, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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