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Marriott strengthens its sales team

Marriott has made four appointments to its sales team as it prepares for growth in its international business next year.

Karryn Cutcheon

Karryn Cutcheon, who has been with Marriott since 2005, joins the team as regional director of global sales for Australia and New Zealand. She will lead sales performance and report to Vice President of Global Sales, Ramesh Daryanani.

“With the return of international travel, our customers are once again eager to get abroad and experience new destinations,” Cutcheon said.

“We are also seeing a strong return of interest in international destinations such as the US, UK and Europe, with companies now looking to outsource their teams.”

Joo Rei Mathieson

Joo-Rei Mathieson returns to Marriott to take on the role of Market Sales Manager – Western Markets. She brings extensive global hospitality experience spanning the United States, Bermuda, Europe and Asia.

Liza Bajracharya, a strategic sales and marketing expert with nearly 18 years of industry experience, assumes the same responsibility for Asia as Director of Sales for Asia.

Takashi Sogabe joins the ANZP Asia Destination Sales team after a short stint with them before the pandemic. He was appointed Market Senior Sales Manager. All three will report to Senior Director of Sales and Distribution for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Ashley Hansen.

Takashi Sogabe

“The strengthened sales team will help us continue our growth momentum and maintain an industry-leading position as international travel recovers from the pandemic,” said Sean Hunt, Vice President, Marriott International Area Australia, New Zealand and Pacific.

“The new associates joining the sales team will build on Marriott’s vision to deliver exceptional travel experiences for business and leisure travelers.

“We are delighted to welcome Karryn back to the global sales team and are confident that she will lead the team to success, backed by the support of Joo-Rei, Liza, Takashi and the rest of the brilliant team. ANZ.”

Melbourne Holiday Inn Express welcomes hotel manager

Shin Ching has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins.

Shin Ching

Shin brings over a decade of local and international experience in senior roles at Hilton Glasgow, Stanley Hotels and Suites – Port Moresby, Hilton Cairns and Stamford Plaza Melbourne.

“I am delighted to join the team at the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins, who offer incredible value for money and impeccable service in the heart of Melbourne, a stone’s throw from the city’s best attractions including the stadium Marvel and the Melbourne Convention Centre.” Shin said.

“We offer the perfect base for the hip traveler who wants to live more for less with a fresh, contemporary look that complements our downtown location.”

Langham Gold Coast appoints new chef

The Langham, Gold Coast, has appointed chef Rishabh Sharma as an additional executive sous chef working in the hotel’s various restaurants.

Sharma brings over 16 years of luxury culinary and fine dining experience in Australia and India.

“We are delighted to see such demand on our food and beverage offerings and adding Rishabh’s expertise to the team will help us continue to grow these offerings and deliver must-have dining experiences,” said the executive chef, Craig Robertson.

Rishabh Sharma

Throughout his career, Rishabh has worked with Michelin-starred chefs at the French fine-dining restaurant 1911 Brasserie, trained under Japanese fine-dining chefs at the Konomi restaurant, and worked at the pre-opening Trident Bandra Kurla hotel complex. in Mumbai.

“I have admired the success of opening The Langham, Gold Coast from afar and am so excited to now join the team,” said Sharma.

“The range of food and drink offered by the hotel is truly unrivaled for the Gold Coast region and many parts of the country, and it is exciting to see the positive response from guests to date.”

Melbourne Hilton appoints new chef

Billy Palmer

The Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street has appointed Billy Palmer as Executive Chef of its events and conference spaces. He will also oversee the hotel’s buffet breakfast offering and the Queen Adelaide Executive Lounge.

He brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked at the Melbourne Convention Center and Crown Melbourne, as well as W Melbourne and the prestigious 7-star Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

“I am delighted to be at the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street. Having worked in hotels and events my entire career, I have developed a great love and understanding for them and look forward to bringing that expertise to the hotel,” he said.

Nicholas E. Crittendon