HOSPITALITY giant Delaware North has formed a joint venture with privately owned catering and accommodation provider Northern Rise to seek out new contracts in both onshore and offshore projects.

The Northern Rise Village Services joint venture has already secured its first contract with Laing O’Rourke to manage two accommodation villages in the Surat basin, Queensland for Australia Pacific LNG comprising 650 rooms.

The joint venture has also begun operating all the resources sector contracts previously held by Northern Rise Holdings – comprising about 1,200 rooms and other village facilities and services in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Northern Rise Village Services has offices in Darwin, Brisbane and Perth to ensure it is able to work closely with its clients to help them improve service and productivity, it said.

Northern Rise director Gary Bradford said the joint venture would deliver high quality and competitive accommodation services for clients with a focus on continual innovation to ensure a better experience for guests.

“We have a strong growth strategy in place that includes entering the Western Australian market to complement our activities in the Northern Territory and Queensland,” said Mr Bradford.

The joint venture would also provide clients with services including accommodation, catering, maintenance, security and transport.

Delaware North Companies Australia managing director Gary Brown said the company had been looking for an opportunity to invest in the resources sector market.

“Northern Rise is the right partner to allow us to enter this market and compete with the established players,” he said.

Delaware North is one of the largest private companies in the United States, but has been operating in Australia for 30 years, with a significant involvement in stadiums and entertainment venues, airports and iconic tourist destinations.

Among these are Etihad Stadium, Melbourne & Olympic Parks in Victoria; SCG/Allianz Stadium and WIN Sports and Entertainment Centre in New SouthWales; and the WACA and Patersons Stadium (from 2015) in Western Australia.

Delaware North also owns or operates at five iconic tourism destinations including three properties within the El Questro Wilderness Park – Homestead, Emma Gorge and The Station, Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, and Kings Canyon Resort.