Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd expands into Australia with New Property in Brisbane, Paul Wilsher Appointed General Manager
First Oakwood-branded property in Australia to open in April 2016
Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd., which manages some of the finest serviced apartments for business and leisure travelers, today announced its expansion into Australia with the acquisition of Oakwood Apartments Brisbane, which is the first Oakwood- branded building in Australia. The company also announced Paul Wilsher’s appointment as general manager of the property.
“We are truly excited to be blazing a new trail to Australia, which is an important focus in our ongoing global expansion plans,” said Dean Schreiber, managing director of Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd. “We can’t wait to show the Australian market the superior Oakwood® service that has established us at the pinnacle of the serviced apartment industry.”
Scheduled to open in April 2016, Oakwood Apartments Brisbane is ideally located near the waterfront, with amazing views of the Brisbane River and its famous Story Bridge and city skyline. Adjacent to the Brisbane central business district (CBD), it is within walking distance to Brisbane’s top attractions. The CBD is a pleasant 10-minute stroll along the riverside boardwalk. Exciting nightlife, world-class live theatre, art galleries and some of Australia’s best restaurants are located close by.
Oakwood’s brand of serviced apartments combines the space and privacy of a home with the services of an excellent hotel. The property will serve up great meals in its restaurant and bar, offers an outdoor pool and jacuzzi overlooking the Brisbane River, a tennis court, Fitness Centre and sauna.
Oakwood Apartments Brisbane comprises of 162 spacious apartments with a choice of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.
To manage this property, Oakwood has appointed Paul Wilsher as general manager.
Wilsher started his hospitality career in regional Victoria managing a conference, leisure and ski resort. He has been a general manager for 27 years and his extensive experience has seen him managing properties from 66 rooms upwards and holding key management positions in a conference resort with 751 rooms and catering facilities for up to 2,000. He has worked all over Australia for hotel companies from Silver Needle Hospitality to Constellation Hotels, the Brisbane Club as CEO, Rydges Hotels and Crown Plaza group. His last position was general manager of the Sage Hotel, Wollongong.
Wilsher has been highly decorated in his long and illustrious career with Constellation Hotels, winning awards for Manager of the Year, Food and Beverage Hotel of the Year, Business Unit of the Year, People Management Award – some for multiple times.
“We welcome Paul to the Oakwood family,” said Michael Price, director of operations, South Asia and Southeast Asia. “With his years of experience and his depth of knowledge of the Australian market, he brings invaluable expertise to help us meet the expectations of our business owners, as we seek to extend our footprint into new markets and bring the Oakwood® brand to greater heights.”