Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

[I NDUSTRY NEWS HIND Management has appointed Brad McGlynn to the role of hotel manager at Sudima Kaikōura. McGlynn brings to the role extensive experience managing some iconic New Zealand hotels, including Chateau Tongariro. He was most recently hotel manager for Sudima Christchurch City. Set to open in October 2022, the Kaikōura hotel will be the seventh Sudima Hotels location. “It is always a privilege to be given the responsibility of opening a new hotel, and this hotel will be very special with its prime location on the shores of Kaikōura,” says McGlynn. “What’s not to love about this place? The views are spectacular with rugged coast, dramatic mountains seemingly rising Go with Tourism – an initiative that specialises in growing New Zealand's tourism and hospitality workforce – has been awarded $2 million from the International Visitor and Conservation Levy (IVL) to continue its efforts in tackling the industry’s current skills shortage. The funding was announced by Tourism Minister, Stuart Nash who emphasised the connection between delivering a world-class visitor experience and mounting pressure on tourism and hospitality workers to meet growing tourist demand. “Like any industry, success depends on those working within it. This means New Zealand owned and operated Habitat Hotels & Apartments has purchased Hotel DeBrett Auckland. Originally opened as Auckland’s first hotel in 1841 and named The Commercial Hotel, Hotel DeBrett is located on High Street, surrounded by laneways and eateries and is within easy access to Britomart, Queen Street and the waterfront. The hotel is described as being vibrant and designed with style with restaurant, bar and atrium, and the Corner Bar. Each of the guest suites have a distinct personality with a mix of retro furniture and New Zealand art. Hotel DeBrett joins Ohtel as its other Auckland property under the sister brand Village Accommodation Group. from the sea and incredible wildlife including a range of seabirds, seals, dolphins, and whales right on our doorstep. “As the largest accommodation provider in Kaikōura, we have opened the door for our international inbound and wholesale operators to attract longer stays for larger travelling groups and offer a standard of accommodation which will appeal to a wider range of travellers.” Although McGlynn has worked across the hotel industry, he says of his attraction to the Sudima Hotels Group that it is a “well respected award-winning hotel company. The team is extremely supportive, they are great communicators and led by an excellent owner. A very fortunate opportunity came investing in our people and deepening the talent pool. This investment [in Go with Tourism] will be vital in building the tourism workforce back up.” The $2 million investment will cover a 12-month period from October 2022. It enables Go with Tourism to expand upon current workstreams that connect jobseekers with employers, promote study and career opportunities to youth, and challenge industry perceptions. Go with Tourism programme director, Heidi Gillingham says that attracting workers into tourism and hospitality is the top priority for the year ahead. “The next 12 months’ Go with Tourism Expo 2022 Brad McGlynn and Les Morgan Go with Tourism awarded $2 million to build NZ TourismWorkforce Manager appointed for Sudima Kaikōura Newowner for Hotel DeBrett Auckland up to join and the rest is history.” The hotel features 120 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, pool and gym, conference rooms, and special features to meet guest needs while in the region such as dive gear and bike storage facilities. worth of talent attraction is what we have been gearing up for since we launched in 2019. We have built a good reputation, partnered with thousands of businesses and established ourselves in classrooms around New Zealand; now, with this funding, the industry can be assured that a dedicated and well-prepared team will lead the way in tackling workforce challenges and doing our utmost to fill tourism and hospitality roles in both the short and long term.” [6] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022