TORONTO, July 16, 2012 – Skyline Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Skyline International Development, today announced the appointment of Jeff Waters as General Manager of The King Edward Hotel. The appointment follows an announcement earlier this year that Skyline Hotels & Resorts will assume management of the iconic 109-year-old hotel on July 17.
Waters brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in hospitality management with Marriott, Delta, Renaissance and Four Seasons Hotels, having most recently served as General Manager of the Delta Toronto Airport West.
“Jeff’s extensive experience transitioning brands and his passion for the service industry makes him an ideal candidate to lead our team to continued success at The King Edward Hotel,” says Kevin Toth, President and COO of Skyline Hotels & Resorts. “We’re excited to welcome Jeff to the Skyline team at this important time in The King Edward Hotel’s history.”
Waters holds a degree in Hospitality Administration from Centennial College and is a Fourth Level Certified General Accountant. His enthusiasm for hospitality is reflected in his involvement with the industry and community – Waters is both a director of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and a Regional Sales Advisor for Tourism Toronto.
The King Edward Hotel is currently undergoing a renovation and restoration of all accommodations and public spaces, including the penthouse level Crystal Ballroom, abandoned since the 1950s. The Crystal Ballroom is expected to be fully restored in time for New Year’s Eve 2012 celebrations.
About The King Edward Hotel
Built in 1903 by Toronto’s then-richest man, George Gooderham, today’s The King Edward Hotel offers 298 guest rooms, 21,000 sq. ft. of refined meeting space and the Royal Club Lounge for premium services with select guest rooms. The hotel’s guest register reads like a who’s who of politics, royalty, music, writing, business and sport, ranging from one-time resident Ernest Hemingway and headline couples like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, to the Beatles, Britney Spears and David Beckham. Signature King Edward Hotel experiences include one of Toronto’s most lavish Sunday brunches, afternoon tea service and getaway package partnerships with many of the city’s leading cultural destinations. For information and reservations call 416-863-9700.
About Skyline International Development Inc.
Since March of 2010, The King Edward Hotel has been owned by King Edward Realty Inc., a partnership comprised of four leading businesses with extensive real estate, hotel and retail holdings in Toronto and internationally: Made In Italy Fashions Inc., Serruya Realty Group, Dundee KE Limited Partnership and Skyline International Development Inc. Skyline’s hospitality division, Skyline Hotels & Resorts, already serves as the property’s owner representative and has been working closely with Le Méridien King Edward’s hotel management team on a daily basis to guide overall performance as well as renovations to both restore the hotel’s period lustre and transform floors of long-disused space into exclusive private residences.
With Starwood’s departure on July 17, Skyline Hotels & Resorts will also assume operational management of the King Edward Hotel. Given their existing in-depth knowledge of the hotel and hospitality expertise, particularly as it relates to storied destinations, they are well positioned to extend strong client relationships and continue this hotel’s reputation for exemplary service.
Skyline currently has over 1,000 rooms in its direct holdings and employs more than 1,500 staff. Its Ontario-based hotels include downtown Toronto’s contemporary boutique Pantages Hotel and Cosmopolitan Hotel, Muskoka’s landmark historic Deerhurst Resort, and Horseshoe Resort, a major ski and adventure destination near Barrie. Skyline also operates the in-house Shizen Spa brand and wholly owns the 1890 Cleveland Arcade and the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. For more information visit www.skylinehotelsandresorts.com and www.skylineinvestments.com
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