A mutual respect for strong community values has seen the Cronulla Sharks check in for a long stay with Quest Apartment Hotels, with today's announcement of a national partnership for 2024 and 2025.
Quest, Australasia's leading apartment hotel brand, has signed a two-year deal as the club's:
• Major Partner – NRLW (front-of-jersey sponsor)
• Major Partner – NRL (back-left panel of shorts sponsor)
• Official Community Partner
• Official Membership Partner
Quest Business Owners have been supporting their local communities for 36 years across Australia, so partnering with a community-focused national sports brand in the Cronulla Sharks was a natural fit for the preferred national apartment hotel brand.
Quest has the largest serviced apartment network in Australia. With seven new Quest properties set to open in the next two years, and all properties offering a mix of one and two bedroom plus accessible apartments, Quest offers NRL fans the most ways to stay in spacious comfort with all their family and friends when travelling to see a live game.
Supporting the critical work of the 'Sharks Have Heart' program in championing inclusivity is a key focus for Quest as Official Community Partner. The Sharks and Quest hosted a disability rugby league clinic before the media announcement to see firsthand the positive social impact that comes from the club's community programs.
Led by NRLW star Emma Tonegato, who is also the Sharks Have Heart Equal Access Program Lead, fellow Sharks players Tiana Penitani, Jada Taylor, Blayke Brailey, Will Kennedy and Braden Hamlin-Uele helped coach students with a disability from St George & Sutherland Community College and Port Hacking High School through a series of drills and games at PointsBet Stadium.
Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta is grateful for Quest's support and keen to continue driving widespread positive social change as part of the significant collaboration.
"It's also exciting that we can take our brand on a journey with Quest given they have over 160 hotels across 60 metropolitan, regional and suburban locations throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Fiji," Mezzatesta said.
"It's a privilege to join forces with an accommodation powerhouse that have been a leader in serviced apartments for 36 years and counting. Not only are Quest always striving for excellence, but they also operate with community at the forefront of their plans and share our values.
"With our NRLW side preparing to play their second season this year, it's brilliant to have Quest backing our women as front-of-jersey sponsor. Both our female and male teams can't wait to create a plethora of highlights while proudly wearing the Quest logo.
"I must also sincerely thank Aramex, our inaugural NRLW front-of-jersey partner who are now proudly passing the baton to Quest."
NRL stars Brailey, Toby Rudolf and Ronaldo Mulitalo were on deck to launch the partnership along with NRLW captain Penitani, Tonegato and Taylor.
Anthea Dimitrakopoulos, General Manager, Brand and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) - The Ascott Limited, Australia said: "Whether it's on the sports field or as a Business Owner at one of our properties, Quest believes everyone deserves a place to be themselves. That's why Quest is proud to be a Major Partner of both the Men's and Women's teams.
"Quest and the Cronulla Sharks believe we are only truly successful when the people around us and communities we operate in are thriving too. As an Official Community Partner of the 'Sharks Have Heart' program, we are proud to be enabling rugby league clinics for people with disability, anti-racism and social inclusion school programs, and healthy living programs for kids."
David Mansfield, Managing Director - The Ascott Limited, Australia, added: "Sharks fans are incredibly devoted, and we know they will be travelling far and wide to support their team this season. The Quest network look forward to welcoming Sharks fans to our properties to cheer on the Sharks at their away games. To help make this possible we will be announcing special offers for members in the coming weeks.
"This national partnership not only aligns with Quest values, but also signifies our dedication to building lasting relationships within the local communities that support Quest across Australia. We look forward to supporting the fantastic Sharks both on and off the field in creating meaningful connections that extend beyond our hotel doors."
About Quest Apartment Hotels
Australasia's leading apartment hotel brand, Quest Apartment Hotels is a member of the largest serviced apartment network in the world, The Ascott Limited, and operates under its local entity, Ascott Australia.
Across its 36-year lifespan, Quest has amassed over 160 metropolitan, regional and suburban locations throughout Australia, New Zealand, UK and Fiji. These contemporary spaces are carefully designed to meet the needs of Quest's core market: the modern business traveller. Quest makes corporate stay effortless.
Quest operates under a franchise model, with hotels run by passionate local owners who put 'skin in the game'. These dedicated individuals are committed to the ongoing success of their respective businesses, making Quest a reliable partner for key stakeholders. Recently, Quest has been feted for its success on the global stage, taking home numerous distinguished awards in the accommodation, franchising and business sectors.
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