Flavour of the Week: Crystalbrook Collection’s new PR, Akaryn Group gets VP of development and operations + MORE!

Flavour of the Week: Crystalbrook Collection’s new PR, Akaryn Group gets VP of development and operations + MORE!

This week’s wrap of industry appointments is particularly flavoursome, and not just because it includes a man holding a whopping great mud cake.

The Mint Partners welcomed into Crystalbrook Collection family

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Crystalbrook Collection has appointed The Mint Partners as their public relations agency to lead the group’s communications strategy and launch pipeline as the group continues to expand across Australia’s Eastern seaboard.

The Mint Partners will first focus on the launch of Bailey, Cairns’ newest five-star hotel, launching November 2019, closely followed by sibling hotel Flynn set to open in April 2020 while continuing to champion the group’s responsible luxury proposition across all property communications.

Akaryn Group appoints Eugene Chew as VP of development and operations 


AKARYN Hotel Group, Thailand’s homegrown five-star boutique hotel specialist, is ramping up its international expansion strategy with the appointment of Eugene Chew as its new vice president of development and operations.

Chew has a strong background in the hospitality industry, with more than 20 years of experience in Asia and the West, and speaks five languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien.

Hilton Sydney appoints chef Michael “Miko” Aspiras as executive pastry chef


Hilton Sydney has announced the appointment of chef Michael ‘Miko’ Aspiras as executive pastry chef. The passionate Chef Miko commenced his job at the hotel in Sydney’s CBD in August 2019.

Chef Miko began his career more than 12 years ago learning the trade at the highly esteemed EDSA Shangri-la Hotel and later on, in Resorts World Manila.

Rising through the culinary ranks quickly, Chef Miko turned his hand to roles at Raffles and Fairmont Hotels thereafter, investing in every opportunity and gaining reputable experience from the world-renowned chefs he was working alongside.

Mainsail Lodging & Development names new account executive for Mainsail Housing of Tennessee and Orlando

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Mainsail Lodging & Development has announced the appointment of Natalie Smith as account executive of Mainsail Housing of Tennessee and Orlando.

In this new role, Smith will work to develop strong connections with businesses throughout Tennessee and Orlando markets, while growing Mainsail’s client base and achieving revenue goals.

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