Hotels

General manager appointed for Kimpton’s first Aussie property

Australia’s highly anticipated first Kimpton property, Kimpton Margot Sydney, has announced that Bruce Ryde has joined the hotel as general manager ahead of its January opening.

Ryde has a long history of both operating hotels and leading global brands across the Asia-Pacific region.

Most recently, he worked with visionary owners John and Karina Stewart on their holistic wellness brand, Kamalaya, in Thailand, where he helped expand its diverse range of solutions, improving its digital reach and launching an online platform, Kamalaya Connect.

Previously, the native Australian managed the luxury brand strategy for Marriott International’s brands – amongst them The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels – as vice president for APAC.

Prior to that, Ryde held the same position with IHG, overseeing the InterContinental brand as well as the launch of the Hotel Indigo and Kimpton brands in the APAC region.

Bruce will also act as the brand guardian for Pro-invest Group’s growing luxury and lifestyle portfolio.

Shantha de Silva, head of operations at Pro-invest Hotels, said: “Bruce’s appointment, alongside the bench strength of other talented team members we have ready to bring Kimpton Margot Sydney to life, will allow us to bring the Kimpton brand’s renowned heartfelt hospitality to Sydney, and we can’t wait to see locals, interstate and international travellers interact within the space.

“Kimpton’s impending opening comes at a time when the industry is well and truly roaring back to life, with vaccination rates at impressively high levels and quarantine-free travel allowed into NSW and Victoria, with other states soon to follow suit.

“The whole team at Pro-invest Group is so excited to be opening this landmark hotel in a few months’ time, and thrilled to be giving Sydney a world-class, industry-defining boutique brand that the city can be proud of.”

Kimpton Margot Sydney

Commenting on his appointment, Ryde said: “Having led the original team that worked on the Kimpton brand’s adaptation for Asia Pacific, I am thrilled to be back at the helm of the brand’s first hotel in Australia.

“Sydney is my home city, and I am excited to join a team of amazing hospitality professionals delivering the brand’s award-winning, heartfelt hospitality.

“Like most Sydneysiders, I am also a self-professed foodie, so am equally as excited to be working alongside Sydney legend Luke Mangan, the name behind Kimpton Margot’s restaurant and bars.”

The Kimpton brand has been growing rapidly around the world over recent years, with 73 Kimpton hotels now open globally and 32 in the pipeline. Australia is the newest market for the brand, continuing the recent growth trajectory with hotels opening around the world.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Events

Collette wraps up its first travel forum in two years

The tour operator hosted top sellers, partners, key travel players and media friends (that’s us!) for poolside shenanigans in sunny Cairns.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“Travel is the great educator”: Collette CEO Dan Sullivan on why we need travel now more than ever

We spent the past few days sipping mojitos by the pool in Cairns… Oh, and attending Collette’s travel forum! Here’s proof we were listening.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“It’s our shout”: Flight Centre is giving away free holidays!

The travel giant is giving away 40 holidays to celebrate its 40th Birthday! Nobody tell them that it’s usually the other way around…

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

QT Newcastle signature restaurant and bar revealed!

It might seem like we’re calling Newcastle a ‘cutie’ but rest assured, our cutest NSW city award still goes to Griffith.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Australian Tourism Exchange 2022 concluded and next year’s location revealed!

The rumours are that next year’s event will have twice as many arancini balls and half the day will be dedicated to playing Mario Kart. Bear in mind our source for this was a 6 year old boy…

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Japan gets closer to reopening its border with experimental group tours

Don’t worry, the fact that the tours are operating is what makes them experimental. You won’t have to remember your high school science skills for a trip to Japan (at least we don’t think so).

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Do you want to explore South Australia? Complete a few training modules for your chance at a famil!

The team at South Australian Tourism Commission has your next holiday sorted with a famil offering for travel agents and product managers.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

ATEC tickled pink with Labor Party tourism funding promise

As professional journalists, we at Travel Weekly remain completely unbiased when it comes to political matters. However, we’re just going to leave this here…

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“The time is right”: industry legend, Barry Mayo, retires after 60+ years in travel

We think we speak for everyone when we say we can’t imagine an Australian travel industry without this industry stalwart!

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Tourism Western Australia partners with AAT Kings and showcases WA wildlife to Sydney

Rumours are that part of the collaboration deal is that the AAT execs all get free camel rides whenever they want, which we completely understand.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Humans of Antarctica

Travel Weekly joined Aurora Expeditions for an Antarctic circle expedition and met some amazing travellers who waited over two years for the adventure.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre scores whopping government contract

Work for Flight Centre? Your tax dollars could now be contributing to your own salary, according to our vague understanding of the ATO.

Share

CommentComments