29 September 2020: Even in challenging economic conditions, the franchising business format hasn’t lost its allure for Quest’s Michael Bevilaqua.
With 25 years’ experience under his belt, the corporate office team member has taken the leap from franchise relationship manager (FRM) to franchisee, snapping up the scintillating Quest South Perth Foreshore location, which overlooks Swan River and Perth City Centre.
“I’ve dreamt of owning my own business since I was a kid, and it’s something my wife and I have discussed for years now. We looked at many different opportunities, but our passion has always been hospitality and accommodation. With three kids, we wanted to ensure that the time was right, which thanks to supportive friends, family and business partners, it now is”.
Born and bred in Western Australia, Michael and his wife Angalene will take operational ownership of Quest South Perth Foreshore on 1 October 2020.
Partnering in the property is existing franchisees of Quest Alice Springs, Wen Qing Zhao, Bing Feng and Bei Wang.
The property, which opened in 2019, has to date been operated under Quest’s pre-franchising model which sets steady foundations before appointing a suitably qualified franchisee to support their success.
“Michael has been with Quest South Perth Foreshore since day one, playing a vital role in the successful establishment of the property as one of the most well-reputed accommodation options in central Perth”, said Quest’s Chief Operating Officer, David Mansfield.
“We seek to engage entrepreneurs with a passion for hospitality and exceptional business acumen and are thrilled that Michael is joining our long list of impressive franchisees. We look forward to supporting him and Angalene in this next chapter”, added Mansfield.
“Working as a Quest franchisee relationship manager over the last decade I’ve had the opportunity to meet, work and learn from many inspiring people, and develop a detailed understanding of the business model, which I trust will hold my wife and I in great stead as business operators”, said Michael.
As the largest network of franchised apartment hotels, the Quest business format franchise system has provided business owners with a proven format for 30 years.
Today, with more than 170 properties across Australia, New Zealand, UK and Fiji, Quest has grown to become one of the biggest franchisors in Australia.
“Quest recruits franchisees in an open and supportive fashion, with a rigorous selection process that allows both parties to understand whether the partnership is the right fit”, said David Mansfield.
“With a steady program of new property openings over the comings years, we anticipate many new opportunities to welcome future franchise business owners to the Quest network”, added Mansfield.
Quest is currently the largest single hotel operator in Western Australia, according to STR data.