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Skye Suites appoints Chief Financial Officer
Two-time HM Award winner Barbara Liu has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Skye Suites.
With over 16 years of finance experience, Liu has held senior finance roles with a number of different brands within the ACCOR Portfolio, Accor Invest Hotel Portfolio and The Ovolo Group. She also has years of operational experience in roles in Singapore and Australia.
Liu won the HM Award as Financial Associate of the Year in 2018 and was highly recommended as Financial Associate of the Year in 2017.
“Securing Barbara with her incredible skills and knowledge of the hospitality industry has been a huge boost for us as we accelerate our growth plans for the group, she is a perfect fit for the team,” said David Bowen, Chief Skye Suites hotels in Australia. .
Liu said she was excited to make her mark at Skye Suites.
“I’ve watched their growth and I’m excited about the opportunities this role offers me. I know that I will be able to use my skills within the group to make my mark. The team I work with has great energy and welcomed me into the SKYE Suites family,” she said.
Appointment of the manager of the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne
Pro-invest Hotels has announced the appointment of Ketaki Kelkar as General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins hotel, which opens this week.
Kelkar brings a wealth of international experience, including roles at luxury hotel Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai and Aloft, Abu Dhabi.
Kelkar said it was an internship at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel that ignited his passion for hotel management.
“Melbourne has such a vibrant culture and Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins is located right in the heart of it all. We look forward to welcoming our guests to our new hotel and know that our fast, friendly and efficient service will match the energy of Melbourne’s vibrant vibe,” Kelkar said.
“We pride ourselves on providing our customers with seamless service, incredible value and a comfortable space that delivers more where it matters most. Just a stone’s throw from local attractions, guests can enjoy thoughtfully designed rooms featuring free high-speed Wi-Fi, an Express Essentials pillow menu and blackout window shades to ensure optimal and restful sleep, as well as a Free Express Start breakfast to kick start the day.
Meanwhile, Klarisa Dzambo has been appointed as Assistant Hotel Manager, Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins. His career with Holiday Inn Express includes being part of the pre-opening team and then Duty Manager at Holiday Inn Express Southbank.
The Ritz-Carlton Perth welcomes a new executive chef
Alberto Cuzzit has taken on the role of Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Perth, bringing international culinary knowledge and experience to the WA Hotel.
Cuzzit began his career in his home country of Italy, where he worked in various restaurants, including Michelin-starred restaurants Dal Vero in Treviso and Gordon Ramsay’s @ Claridge’s in London. In 2009, he was part of the pre-opening team for the world’s first ever Armani hotel, at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Prior to this role, Cuzzit worked at the Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa for four years. There, he oversaw food and beverage offerings at six outlets, in-room dining and events, and introduced new dining concepts at several venues.
“I look forward to working with the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth to further enhance the outstanding food and beverage offerings throughout the hotel and continue to deliver unforgettable dining experiences to our guests at all points of contact about their stay,” Cuzzit said. .
“Building on my experience with the Ritz-Carlton brand internationally, I look forward to elevating the quality of dining at our Perth property and working with leading local producers to tell a unique culinary story. “
Cuzzit will oversee food and beverage offerings in all hotel locations, special programming, in-room dining and banquet menus.