Hilton Melbourne sold to Pan Pacific

Hilton Melbourne sold to Pan Pacific

Pan Pacific Hotels Group is taking over the current Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and turning it into one of its own, as soon as next month.

Opening on July 28 2017, the Hilton hotel was acquired by Pan Pacific Hotel Group’s parent company, Singapore-listed UOL Group, and will be managed under the Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts brand.

The opening of Pan Pacific Melbourne marks the brand’s return to the country’s east coast and it will be its second property in Australia after Pan Pacific Perth.

Located along the scenic Yarra River, Pan Pacific Melbourne will have direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

With 396 contemporary rooms offering panoramic views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the hotel also comes equipped with 400-square metres of flexible meeting and events space, two dining outlets, and refreshing leisure facilities including a 24-hour fitness centre.

As a result, the Group predicts the hotel will appeal to both business and leisure travellers.

Pan Pacific Hotels Group also announced the appointment of Pan Pacific Melbourne’s General Manager, Craig Bonnor.

“We warmly welcome Craig and his team to Pan Pacific Hotels Group. We’re delighted that he will continue to lead the hotel as its General Manager, where he has had a great track record for more than two years,” said Lothar Nessmann, Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

“Craig has excellent credentials, having amassed extensive experience in both operations and business development with international hotel brands in Oceania and Asia.

“Given the importance of Australia as one of our strategic growth markets, we are confident that Craig and his highly experienced team will ensure Pan Pacific Melbourne’s standing as one of the top hotels in the city.”

With the addition of Pan Pacific Melbourne, Pan Pacific Hotels Group will now operate five properties in Australia, including two Pan Pacific properties and three under its PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts brand in Melbourne, Sydney and Parramatta.

2017 will also see the addition of Pan Pacific properties in Beijing and Yangon.

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