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Managing Director appointed for Le Méridien Melbourne
Marriott International has appointed Senior Marriott Associate Peter Minatsis at the helm of the highly anticipated Le Méridien Melbourne as General Manager.
The 235-room, 12-story hotel property was originally slated to open in 2020, but is now slated for an early 2023 launch.
It will include a restaurant, cafe, rooftop terrace and 210 m² of event space.
The move marks the return of the premium brand to Australia. Le Méridien previously had properties in Melbourne and Sydney.
Minatsis joins Marriott after a five-year tenure at Sheraton Melbourne.
“I am delighted to welcome Peter Minatsis to lead the reintroduction of the distinctive upscale Le Méridien brand to the Australian market,” said Sean Hunt, Marriott International Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific.
“Peter is a very experienced hotelier with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results. His career at Marriott spans over 17 years and he has worked in various markets including Vancouver, Sydney, Fiji and most recently at Sheraton Melbourne. He will lead the Le Méridien team as we continue to consolidate our growing presence in the Melbourne market.
Minatsis has over 20 years of industry experience, beginning at the Fairmont Hotel in his hometown of Vancouver, and including positions at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Sheraton Resort and Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji, and Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa.
“Le Méridien is known for its timeless, chic design and has a Parisian ‘je ne sais quoi’ that appeals to travelers looking to explore the world in style,” Minatsis said.
“Plus, it’s such a natural fit in Melbourne – a city known for spurring creativity through a vibrant arts, design and fashion culture.”
La Vie strengthens its Australian team
La Vie Hotels and Resorts has made a number of key appointments to its Australian team.
Russell Cool takes on the role of Group Operations Manager – Australia, Shellia Chang has been appointed Group Sales and Distribution Manager and Nelsy Zreik as Group Finance Manager – Australia.
“We are delighted to welcome Russell, Shellia and Nelsy to the La Vie team, in a year that has been and will continue to be a year of tremendous growth for La Vie Hotels & Resorts,” said Craig. , CEO of La Vie Hotels and Resorts. Obligation.
“As we continue our rapid expansion in Australia and South East Asia, we have strategically strengthened our team with talented hospitality and tourism professionals in key roles that will ensure the success and profitability of our owners. Russel, Shellia and Nelsy are great additions to our team and have already started on track.
Cool brings over 25 years of experience in the domestic and international markets, most recently serving as Regional General Manager of Minor Hotels for Victoria and South Australia. He also previously worked as Area General Manager for Onyx Hospitality Group in Sri Lanka as well as for Langham Hospitality Group in Hong Kong and Beijing and The Langham Yangtze in Shanghai. He also served as Regional General Manager for Stamford Hotels and Resorts in Adelaide.
Chang will oversee new hotel openings and La Vie’s business teams. Previously, she held the positions of Director of Sales and Events at Accor, Director of Sales at Frasers Hospitality and Deputy Director of Sales at Marriott International. She has also worked with IHG and Hilton in new business roles.
Zreik is an experienced financial controller who previously worked with Iris Capital Hotels, working on the company’s portfolio of 17 properties. She has also held financial controller positions at Novotel and Ibis Darling Harbor and Novotel Canberra.
Pro-invest appoints hotel managers
Pro-invest Hotels announces the appointment of two Hotel Managers. Daniel Lawder has been appointed Hotel Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central and Jamie Smith has been appointed Hotel Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank.
Lawder is an experienced room division manager and has held various front desk and room division management positions at Pullman and IHG in Melbourne, and the Stamford Grand Hotel in Adelaide.
“I am extremely happy to be part of the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central team,” he said.
“I started my hospitality career with IHG in Perth in 2008 and feel like I’ve come full circle by stepping into this new role and being back in Queensland.”
Smith began his hospitality career at Crowne Plaza Terrigal and has been part of the Holiday Inn Express brand since 2019, progressing to become Service Manager of Holiday Inn Express Newcastle.
“I’m really excited about my new role at Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank as it gives me the opportunity to build my own team and foster a great working environment for them,” they said.
“I’ve been blessed with some amazing mentors in the hospitality world and can’t wait to be that for someone else.”
Visit Sunshine Coast welcomes a MICE specialist
Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) has welcomed Ali Thompson as Business and Leisure Events Manager.
Thompson – an expert in the MICE (Meetings Incentives Conference and Exhibitions) industry for over 20 years – ran his own marketing and events business and worked with events companies and industry bodies across the UK, from New Zealand and Australia.
She is a founding member of Influential Women in Meetings and Events, a member of Women in Tourism and Event Professionals Australia, and was a board member of Meetings and Events Australia for many years. She has also served on the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Advisory Board.
“We are very fortunate to be able to attract such a passionate industry professional like Ali, and her experience and contacts will ensure that she hits the ground running at a truly pivotal time for the destination as we rebuild our market for business events,” said VSC CEO Matt Stoeckel.
“With an ideal landscape for high-end incentives, the Sunshine Coast has enormous potential to develop its business and leisure events sector.
“Ali will work closely with the Sunshine Coast Council’s events team, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Sunshine Coast’s business and events operators to strengthen our position as a premier business and events destination.”
The position of Business and Leisure Events Manager replaces the previous position of Business Events Manager held by Maureen Brennan since 2018.
Thompson said she was excited about the opportunities ahead.
“The Sunshine Coast offers a range of unique incentive and conference opportunities, blessed with incredible coastline and breathtaking hinterland,” said Thompson.
“Plus, it’s just been declared a UNESCO Biosphere – what better place to wow delegates in a diverse eco-escapism that’s committed to sustainability while warming the soul with year-round sunshine! “