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Press Release30 October 2020

Australia's Skye Suites Set To Skyrocket With New Leadership Team

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SKYE Suites, the leading innovative hotel division of global real estate developer Crown Group, are bolstering their leadership team to skyrocket success in 2021. While other businesses restructure and streamline, the affordable-luxury hotel brand is expanding and equipping itself with some of the best minds and intellects in the hotel industry with three recent leadership appointments.

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Hospitality Business Leader and trailblazer in managing 4-and 5-star properties in international, regional and urban locations, David Bowen is the latest recruit to join the SKYE Suites team and take the brand interstate and eventually internationally. As Director of Hotels, David will be in charge of the entire SKYE Suites portfolio of luxury boutique hotels including SKYE Suites Sydney, Parramatta and Green Square. Formerly National Operations Manager at Lendlease, David brings over 15 years' experience in the luxury hotel space. Key career milestones for Mr Bowen include winning a number of tourism awards and leading the operational development on Lendlease's first Premium Retirement brand 'Árdency' where he established the first 5-star retirement portfolio in Australia.

Commenting on his new role, David says, "Having led numerous hotels through my career, I'm really looking forward to the task of building SKYE Suites into an award-winning 5-star luxury hotel brand. With such a new yet highly skilled leadership team, we will draw on the very best aspects from our past experiences and create a refreshing and invigorating cohort that delivers high-quality guest experiences."

Joining David at SKYE Suites is Revenue Manager, May Toh who joins the business with over 13 years' experience and knowledge in the hospitality industry. Working in some of Australia's most renowned hotels such as Daydream Island Resort, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney and the Westin Sydney, May will handle hotel and revenue management while leading members towards corporate goals and revenue targets.

Earlier this year, Crown Group also announced Ari Foo as Sales Director of SKYE Suites. Adding to his 25-year career within the hotel sector, Foo has jumped straight into the role leading all hotel-based sales activities and strategies.

Commenting on his new leadership team, Crown Group CEO Iwan Sunito says, "Leading a quarter-billion-dollar hotel is in no way a one-person job. It's about creating the right team for success and that's exactly what we are doing at SKYE Suites from the leadership team right through to the staff on the ground welcoming guests' day in and day out. While many other CBD hotels have reported significant losses this year as a result of COVID and the rise in regional hotel stays, SKYE Suites has been bucking the trend and defying the odds with strong occupancy levels. I believe this is a testament to not just the facilities, affordability and uniqueness of our suites but also to our dedicated staff across the three SKYE Suites properties."

While still a relatively new hotel brand launching in Parramatta in August 2017, the sky has been the limit for SKYE Suites. Just over a year after launching, SKYE Suites unveiled their second urban oasis in the heart of the Sydney CBD in the award-winning Arc residential tower. Recently, a third SKYE Suites was also added to the portfolio, with 90 fully serviced apartments at Green Square, part of the eye-catching $575 million Infinity building.

Currently a $250 million dollar portfolio, SKYE Suites has its sights set on expanding into new markets including Brisbane, Melbourne and internationally in LA and Indonesia. With the support of a new leadership team, the exponential growth pipeline of SKYE Suites is expected to exceed $1billion dollars within the next five years.

Related Appointments

David Bowen - Director of Hotels SKYE Suites

30 October 2020 — Hospitality Business Leader and trailblazer in managing 4-and 5-star properties in international, regional and urban locations, David Bowen is the latest recruit to join the SKYE Suites team and take the brand interstate and eventually internationally.
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May Toh - Revenue Manager

30 October 2020 — May Toh joins SKYE Suites with over 13 years' experience and knowledge in the hospitality industry. Working in some of Australia's most renowned hotels such as Daydream Island Resort, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney and the Westin Sydney, May will handle hotel and revenue management while leading members towards corporate goals and revenue targets.
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Skye Hotel Suites

SKYE Suites is the innovative hotel division of global real estate developer Crown Group. It was borne out of a vision to create an architecturally inspired, spacious and luxurious urban resort experience.
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About Crown Group

Crown Group Holdings (Crown Group) is a leading Australian property group specialising in property development, property investment and serviced apartments. The company was co-founded by architect Mr. Iwan Sunito and engineer Mr. Paul Sathio with its first project in 1996.

Crown Group has successfully completed major developments in Sydney's premier locations including Bondi, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Ashfield, Epping, Homebush, Newington, Pennant Hills and Rhodes and most recently the lush tropical urban escape Waterfall by Crown Group in Waterloo; the 25-storey Arc by Crown Group in Sydney CBD and 2017 Property Council of Australia's Annual Property Congress' One of the World's Best Projects Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square.

Today, Crown Group boasts a portfolio of five major projects under development and in the pipeline. It is currently developing two in the Sydney area: the $500 million five tower precinct Mastery by Crown Group in Waterloo and Eastlakes Live by Crown Group the most exciting new address in the new east. It also has residential projects in development in Melbourne, Brisbane and Los Angeles.

www.crowngroup.com.au

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