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Crown Group hires Accor’s Wayne Taranto as head of hotels

Crown Group Skye Suites Sydney

After recently announcing its expansion into hotels with the launch of its hotel brand Skye Hotel Suites, Sydney-based developer Crown Group has named Wayne Taranto as Director of Hotels and Suites.

The first Skye Hotel Suites will open in Western Sydney suburb of Parramatta in 2017.

Prior to his role at Crown Group, Taranto held senior management roles with Amalgamated Holdings Limited (now Event Hospitality and Entertainment) and Accor Hotels and most recently was General Manager of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

Earlier this year the company appointed experienced hospitality marketer Irfan Zaki as Director of Sales and Marketing for Skye Hotel Suites. Spanning two decades, Zaki’s experience includes roles at Accor Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Meriton Serviced Apartments.

Crown Group CEO, Iwan Sunito, said Wayne and Irfan arrived at an exciting time for the company as it entered the hotel sector.

“Crown Group has a strong track record in Australia, developing award-winning residential projects across Sydney, earning a strong brand reputation over the past two decades,” Sunito said.

“Our expertise stretches across a wide spectrum of the property industry in construction, site acquisition and residential sales.

“The launch of Skye Hotel Suites will bring the Crown Group’s high-end luxury living to travelers from around the world.

“It is an exciting time for Crown Group as we continue to expand both locally and across the region,” he said.

Wayne TarantoTaranto has 24 years’ experience in the hospitality and entertainment industry and said he was looking forward to the challenge.

“The phenomenal growth of Western Sydney in recent times has stimulated enormous potential for hospitality providers in Parramatta,” Taranto said.

“The potential for the city is immense and we are excited to be part of this growth phase.

“Skye Hotel Suites will appeal to travellers looking for the best in luxury accommodation and facilities,” he said.

A second Skye Hotel Suites is scheduled to open in Sydney’s CBD in early 2018.

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