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Crown Towers luxury hotel project on track to deliver jobs and growth to WA - 16 October 2015
Crown Perth yesterday celebrated the ‘topping off’ of its luxury hotel development Crown Towers with a special ceremony held in front of a select audience including local politicians, members of the business community, key tourism stakeholders and other guests.  The milestone event included personalised Hard Hat tours and a traditional topping off narrative read by MC Verity James. 
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Crown Towers comprises 500 new luxury rooms made up of larger than standard hotel rooms, suites and villas and brings the total number of rooms at the resort to just under 1200.  In addition to luxurious hotel accommodation, a 9,800m2 resort pool with various private VIP facilities, cabanas, gardens and private pools will become a major attraction for Perth.   Restaurants, bars, retail outlets, a new spa and increased convention space will integrate with existing facilities making Crown Perth an even more significant landmark for interstate, international and intrastate tourists in Western Australia.

The practice of ‘topping off’ dates back to the Scandinavian tradition of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced during construction.  Symbolising the 500 new rooms, Crown Perth celebrated this ancient rite by donating 500 trees to Burswood Park to beautify the natural surrounds and contribute to the local community.

Chief Executive Officer Crown Australian Resorts Barry Felstead said “today’s construction milestone is extremely pleasing. We predicted a 34 month construction timeline and we are on target. More than 2,500 personnel have been involved in the construction so far and Crown will employ more than 500 new employees on completion. This will support the Western Australian economy and stimulate more international, interstate and intrastate events, conferences and conventions to be held locally.

"More than 9 million visitors come to Crown each year and we continue to develop our world-class entertainment facility and experience, supporting our commitment to the tourism industry in Western Australia" Mr Felstead said.

Chris Palandri, Regional Managing Director for Brookfield Multiplex said, “we’re very pleased Crown Perth had the confidence in Brookfield Multiplex to construct the first six-star hotel in Perth.

Reaching the milestone of topping off is exciting as it not only celebrates the work that the team has achieved so far, but also confirms that the overall delivery of the project remains on time”.

Crown Towers Perth is scheduled to open in December 2016.

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Crown Metropol Perth shines at AHA’s National Awards for Excellence - 15 September 2015
Crown was incredibly proud to be recognised at the AHA 2015 National Awards for Excellence, held last night at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast.
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Five-star Crown Metropol Perth was named the winner of the ‘Best Resort-Style Accommodation’ award, receiving important recognition at this esteemed national awards ceremony.

450 representatives from across the nation attended the event to acknowledge and celebrate the very best of Australia’s hospitality and accommodation industry.

Executive General Manager of Crown Perth Hotels Andrew Cairns said that the award win was an outstanding achievement for the staff team that reflected the world-class standard of product at Crown Metropol Perth. 

“It is a tremendous honour for Crown Metropol Perth to be officially recognised as a hospitality and accommodation leader on a national stage, and this acknowledgement also puts the spotlight on WA as a premier tourism destination.

“The AHA National Awards for Excellence are highly prestigious accolades and this award is testament to the ongoing hard-work and dedication of the entire team, paired with our modernised product offering which is designed to reflect true five-star international luxury in Perth, continued Mr Cairns.”

Crown Perth has an ongoing commitment to continually enhance and expand its world-class facilities and is currently developing a third luxury hotel at the Resort, Crown Towers Perth, which is on track for completion in December 2016.

Crown Towers will be the largest hotel in Perth with 500 rooms incorporating sophisticated restaurants, bars and convention facilities, and the hotel will provide luxury guest rooms and high quality infrastructure for Perth and Western Australia.

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E: janie.brackenridge@crownperth.com.au

Notes to editors:

  • Crown Metropol Perth was named the national winner of the ‘Overall Accommodation Hotel of the Year’ award, as well as ‘Australia’s Best Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel’ award at the AHA 2014 National Awards for Excellence, following the hotel’s extensive refurbishment which was completed in 2012. 

Crown Perth honours Croupiers and Inspector of the Year 2015! - 10 September 2015
Crown Perth held their annual Croupier and Inspector Championships last night in Eve nightclub to recognise and celebrate the very best Croupiers and Inspectors at the Resort.
 
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In a red carpet style event, Croupiers and Inspectors glammed up for Crown’s very own version of the Oscars which is the highlight event of the year for the Table Games team.

The finalists were selected from hundreds of employees, facing off in a series of challenge events where technical ability, customer service, communication and style were judged.

After an outstanding effort by all finalists, MC Tod Johnston announced the winners, with Tiffany Gerovich-Cleland and Nathan Emmett taking out the title of Crown Perth Croupiers of the Year 2015 – congratulations!

Both of the Croupier champions will compete in the Annual Australasian Croupier Championships to be held in Sydney next month, Tiffany and Nathan will enjoy an all expenses paid trip to represent Crown Perth and showcase their skills. 

Three individual winners were also awarded for their technical skills in Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat. Congratulations to the winner for Blackjack, Tarn Prajim, for Baccarat, Chris Griggs and for Roulette, Darcy Glynn.

An award for Crown Perth’s Inspector of the Year was also presented on the night, this award is judged on gaming knowledge, customer service, communication, coaching, development and the ability to work well under pressure – congratulations to Lan Fong who is Crown Perth Inspector of the Year 2015.

Crown Perth Chief Operating Officer Lonnie Bossi said that the calibre of the competition was at an outstanding level once again this year. 

“The Croupier and Inspector Championships is an important event for our teams, it acknowledges their ongoing hard work and commitment over the past year. We are exceptionally proud of the talent demonstrated by our Croupiers and Inspectors and also pride ourselves on providing support and training that is of the very highest standard.

We wish Tiffany and Nathan the best of luck as they travel to Sydney next month to represent Crown Perth at the Australasian Championships, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners,” said Mr Bossi. 

Photos from event available upon request.

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Janie Brackenridge
Crown Perth Public Relations
Phone: (08) 9362 8357
Email: janie.brackenridge@crownperth.com.au

Crown wins ‘Employer of the Year’ at WA Training Awards - 08 September 2015
Crown Perth is proud to be the recipient of the ‘WA Employer of the Year’ Award, which was announced last Friday, 4 September at the WA Training Awards presentation dinner.

 
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The WA Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Celebrating their 21st year in 2015, these esteemed awards continue to put our State's top achievers in the spotlight, with 13 categories in total including seven individual categories and six organisation categories.
Crown’s Group Manager of Learning and Development, Shane Thomas said that it was a great honour for Crown to be recognised at this prestigious annual awards ceremony.

“Crown Perth is exceptionally proud to be the recipient of the ‘WA Employer of the Year’ Award and this important industry accolade is a reflection of the high level of training provided by our dedicated trainers and teams. I’d like to thank and congratulate all staff involved in achieving this fantastic result,” said Mr Thomas.

The selection criteria for the award had a key focus on the extent and quality of training for employees, training achievements of the business, innovation in training and commitment to equity in training.

As an award winner, Crown will be entered into the Australian Training Awards, with winners of the national awards being announced on 19 November in Hobart.

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for vocational education and training, recognising innovation and excellence in the training sector.

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The Rockpool Group wins two major awards in the Gourmet Traveller 2016 Restaurant Awards - 20 August 2015
20 August 2015: At last night’s announcement of Gourmet Traveller’s 2016 Restaurant Awards, the Rockpool Group scooped two major awards including ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for Rockpool est. 1989 and ‘Maître D’ of the Year’ for Vanessa Crichton, General Manager of Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne and Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, Spice Temple Melbourne and Rosetta.

 
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Additionally, all of the Rockpool Group’s seven restaurants also secured a place in Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 list, with Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne, Spice Temple Melbourne, Rosetta and Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth the only Crown restaurants to rate in this prestigious line up.

1. Rockpool est. 1989, Sydney
14. Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney
18. Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne
46. Spice Temple Sydney
53. Spice Temple Melbourne
57. Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth
71. Rosetta, Melbourne

The Rockpool Group Directors Neil Perry AM, Trish Richards and David Doyle were thrilled with the achievements and commended the restaurants’ teams for their hard work and dedication.

“For Rockpool est. 1989 to win Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award is such an honour for us and we are so proud of Phil and the team for continuing to raise the bar, after 26 years, and making it the best restaurant in Australia,” they said.

In acknowledging Vanessa Crichton’s award as ‘Maître d’ of the Year’, they also said, “With high standards and a keen eye for detail, we handpicked Vanessa for the role and since the day she started, we have been constantly impressed by her ability to work under pressure and lead a large team. She is one of our biggest assets and an incredibly important part of the Rockpool family.”

As the most awarded restaurant group in Australia, The Rockpool Group consists of Rockpool est. 1989, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne, Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, Spice Temple Sydney, Spice Temple Melbourne, Rosetta Ristorante and Burger Project. The Rockpool Group recently established its own Foundation – Rockpool Foundation Limited – to raise valuable funds for organisations
and charitable initiatives that strengthen communities and promote real social change. 

www.rockpool.com; www.rockpoolfoundation.com.

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