Sunway Group announces the appointment of Albert Cheong as Chief Executive Officer of Sunway International Hotels & Resorts, effective18 May 2015. Having first joined Sunway’s Hospitality Division in January 2014 as Group General Manager of the brand’s flagship property, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Kuala Lumpur, Albert brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
In his expanded capacity, Albert will assume the dual role of overseeing and managing the portfolio of properties under Sunway Hotels & Resorts as Chief Executive Officer, while continuing to helm the flagship as Group General Manager, leading the management team at the cluster of hotels in Kuala Lumpur’s Sunway Resort City, namely Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway Pyramid Tower East and the soon-to-be opened Sunway Pyramid Tower West.
Albert’s appointment comes amidst exciting times for the hotel group, especially given Sunway’s commitment to refresh and renew its products and services and to accelerate growth. Albert’s immediate focus will be on the proposed redevelopment of the flagship property’s two hotel towers – the 549-room Sunway Pyramid Tower East and the 456-room Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, commencing progressively from mid-2016. Besides these, is the imminent opening of a third hotel tower, the 401-room Sunway Pyramid Tower West in late December 2015.
Concurrently, Albert will also oversee the immediate launch of the completely renovated 650-room Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The completion coincides with the reopening of Sunway Putra’smixed-use development in Kuala Lumpur city. Thereafter, the opening of a new 333-room hotel as part of another mixed-use development known as Sunway Velocity Kuala Lumpur, in mid-2016.
Prior to joining Sunway, Albert was the Area General Manager for The Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group, a Thai hospitality company with hotels in Thailand and the United Kingdom. He had previously spent more than 28 years with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts where he held key management positions in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and China.