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TFE Hotels appoints two new execs

Tish Nyar

Tish Nyar

Chris Sedgwick. Photo Credit Dominic Loneragan.

Chris Sedgwick. Photo Credit Dominic Loneragan.

TFE Hotels has bolstered its leadership team with two stellar new appointments – Chris Sedgwick joins as Chief Operating Officer and Tish Nyar has been appointed as the new Director of Operations for Australia and New Zealand.

Having spent the last 10 years at Accor and previous eight years at Rydges Hotels & Resorts, Sedgwick brings extensive hotel operations and leadership experience to the role.

His most recent position, Senior Vice President of Operations at Accor Hotels for New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia saw him operating as the Chief Operating Officer for the region, being accountable for hotel operations, development, franchising, sales, marketing, human resources and finance across 41 hotels and a team of 2,700 staff.

He has also managed a number of hotels across Australia, New Zealand and in Asia, and is an active member of the Australian and New Zealand tourism industry, sitting on a number on Committees and Boards.

Nyar brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the role of Director of Operations. Most recently, he has been focused on strategic project delivery for Rydges Hotels & Resorts across Sydney, Darwin and Brisbane.

Nyar brings a wealth of experience across hotel operations, regional management, property openings and refurbishments, hospitality technology innovation, digital customer engagement strategies, business plans and owner relationship management.

He has been member of NSW Tourism Accommodation Australia Board, National Accommodation Division Board and Vice Chairman of the Canberra Convention Centre Board.

Baillie Lodges Appoints General Manager, Craig Bradbery 

Baillie Lodges has announced tourism and hospitality professional Craig Bradbery will join the company in the newly created role of General Manager in August.

The appointment will see Bradbery steer the Baillie Lodges portfolio of luxury properties to the next stage of development, whilst also assuming the day-to-day management of the business.

Baillie Lodges owners James and Hayley Baillie will turn their attention to future opportunities for the business including evaluating the potential of new lodge developments in Australia.

With a career in hotels and hospitality spanning more than 23 years, Bradbery has operated as a General Manager and Project Manager for a range of Australian hotels including at the family-owned Erdi Group, Accor Hotels and at P&O Australian Resorts, where he first met and worked with James Baillie.

As part of his role as General Manager of Operations at P&O Australian Resorts, Bradbery oversaw the concept, planning and development of some of Australia’s best-known luxury destinations, including the former Wrotham Park Lodge, Wilson Island and Lizard Island properties in North Queensland.

Bradbery will commence his role as Baillie Lodges General Manager on August 22, 2017 and spend time at each of the luxury lodges for a full experience of the product before settling into the company’s Sydney-based headquarters.

 Fraser Hospitality appoints two new DOSMs

Luke-Deayton Lulu Fox

Frasers Hospitality is pleased to announce the appointment of Lulu Fox and Luke Deayton to Director of Sales and Marketing at Fraser Suites Perth and Capri by Fraser in Brisbane, respectively.

Lulu Fox brings extensive experience in the tourism industry and vast knowledge of Perth’s hospitality market, having previously held the position of Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency in Perth.

Luke Deayton joins the Capri by Fraser team with 18 years of sales experience under his belt and a long history in the tourism sector working for hotel groups such as Mantra and Oaks.

Fox, attracted to Fraser Suites Perth by its unique brand positioning, commented, “I jumped at the opportunity to work with the Frasers Group.

“With the tourism industry and volume of room nights in Perth expanding at a rapid rate, it is an ideal time to work with such an established and sophisticated brand, especially as Perth and Western Australia grow their global footprint.”

Similarly, in Brisbane the hotel sector is experiencing massive growth, so part of the attraction for Deayton is solidifying Capri by Fraser’s market positioning.

“The hotel landscape in Brisbane is very competitive, and with the room capacity continuing to grow at a rapid rate it is essential for hotels to stand out from the crowd.

“The Capri by Fraser is an attractive proposition for me as it is an innovative hotel that goes far beyond the cookie cutter mould and will continue to lead the new generation of millennial friendly hotels in Brisbane” Deayton commented.

Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services appoints newbie

Sam Langton

Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services is proud to announce Samantha Langton as the newest team member.

Managing Director Kylee Kay said, “Sam is a very well known and loved personality within the travel trade.  Her experience with understanding the vast network of travel agents, wholesalers, and key industry players made it a very easy decision to bring her into the fold”.

Langton comes to APTMS from Uniworld, where she was Sales Manager for the past year, and has previously spent many years in various roles with Flight Centre. Her portfolio will include Aqua-Aston Hotels and Resorts, Discover Hawaii Tours, Alamo Rent-A-Car and Warner Bros Studio Tours Hollywood as well as assisting with our global DMC partners for Asia and Europe.

Kay continued, “This is a great talent acquisition for APTMS. I’m really looking forward to working closely with Sam to expand our reach throughout Queensland and beyond.”

Langton commented, “It is with great pleasure that I am joining APTMS as Business Development Manager, QLD/WA to utilise my extensive industry experience to help foster the growth of these exciting brands.”

David Monson Appointed General Manager at COMO The Halkin, London


COMO Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of David Monson as the new General Manager of COMO The Halkin — COMO’s 41-bedroom boutique hotel in Belgravia, London.

Monson joins the team after two years serving as Hotel Manager at COMO Metropolitan London on Park Lane, the sister property of COMO The Halkin.

Monson’s career in hospitality began with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts at their London Park Lane property, before he transferred to their Canary Wharf branch in 1999, to work as Director of Catering. He has also worked at Four Seasons properties in Texas and the Bahamas.

“I am thrilled to be the new General Manager at COMO The Halkin,” said Monson. “This hotel stands out in a competitive city thanks to its incredible reputation for luxury.”

‘’David’s two years at COMO Metropolitan London have been incredibly successful,” said Regional General Manager, Thomas Orchard.

“David has an enviable wealth of experience in hotel management, and will be a very significant asset to COMO The Halkin and its Michelin-starred restaurant, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction.’’

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