Hotels

New general manager appointed for Hilton Sydney

Hayden Hughes has been appointed general manager of Hilton Sydney in the New South Wales capital’s CBD.

A 30-year hospitality veteran, Hughes began his career with Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, where he spent six years in operations. From there, he held management positions at hotels on the Gold Coast, in Tokyo, Japan and in Brisbane.

Hughes moved into his first general manager role at Novotel Melbourne on Collins in 2010, and then held GM positions at Accor’s Darling Harbour, Sydney hotels before his return to Brisbane as GM of Sofitel Brisbane Central.

He replaces Ronald Van Weezel, who is understood to be moving back to The Netherlands.

Commenting on the appointment, Hughes said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to join such an internationally-renowned brand to lead the iconic hotel that is Hilton Sydney, the opportunity was irresistible.

“The timing could not be more perfect as we gear up for what we hope is a big year for the hotel in 2021.”

In other Hilton-related news, Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street today has announced a trio of senior appointments ahead of its planned opening in the first quarter of 2021.

Kruno Velican has joined Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street as director of operations, Dean Easton as commercial director and Taronish Pardiwalla as director of human resources.

An artist’s impression of Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

Adrian Teh, cluster general manager of Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street and DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne Flinders Street, said: “With the opening date swiftly approaching, we are delighted to have an incredibly talented and experienced leadership team in place.

“We look forward to them joining us in our pre-opening office and seeing them bring the Hilton experience to life for our guests.”


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

W Brisbane appoints new hotel manager, marketing boss and chef de cuisine

As the saying goes, all good things come in threes. Unless, of course, we’re talking about baseball strikes.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travel agents left out of NSW’s $530m plan to revive tourism and events

The plan includes vouchers to encourage domestic travel and a fund to lure international airlines back to Australia, but AFTA’s chief argues a crucial element of the industry has been left out.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

New marketing and PR agency launches with sustainable travel focus

Two senior names in the tourism marketing space have joined forces to launch a new purpose-led player, and you can probably guess its name from the accompanying pic.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Victoria reopens to fully-vaxxed travellers from Sydney, WA to allow quarantine-free travel for Queenslanders

Here are a couple more positive signs that domestic travel is getting back to the good old days.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Sunrise’s David “Kochie” Koch to host sustainable tourism webinar featuring industry heavyweights

Do you generally start your mornings with Kochie on TV? Well, you’ll be able to enjoy a double dose of him tomorrow.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas introduces automatic ticket revalidation enhancement for agents

Are you sick of flight schedule changes messing with your clients’ travel plans? Well, hopefully this new update by Qantas will help you contain your rage.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“Dust off the good china”: Chris Hemsworth agrees to visit Cowra for a “chinwag” following video campaign

The rural NSW town’s delightful ‘Get Chris to Cowra’ campaign appears to have paid off, with the Hollywood hunk planning a visit in 2022.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

The ACCC wants Trivago to be fined at least $90m for deceiving consumers

Australia’s consumer watchdog reckons Trivago’s crimes could, in theory, equate to hundreds of billions of dollars in fines, which makes $90 million look like a good deal to us.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid Travel unveils first rebrand in more than 15 years

It’s out with the old and in with the new over at Intrepid. However, it’s understood that the plush leather sofa in reception will stay.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Aussie aviation industry streamlines approach to guiding travellers through new restrictions

The differing reopening roadmaps of the states and territories will no doubt cause headaches for travellers, hence this from A4ANZ.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Switzerland is calling

Aussies craving for their Swiss fix can now not only look forward to being welcomed back with wide-open arms, but also a host of brand new and thoroughly enriching experiences.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Hilton’s Paul Hutton

We covered a lot in our chat with Hilton’s boss for Australasia – even his music tastes. Just don’t play house or rap tunes around him, though.

Share

CommentComments