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Melview Developments expands hotels team

February 19, 2008

Melview Developments expands hotels team

Property and tourism industry leading developer and manager Melview Developments has announced four senior appointments due to strong growth within the company’s hotel business, Galway Tourism Investment Group.

Paul Evans moves into the role of Director of Hotels for Galway Tourism Investment Group having for the past three years held the role of General Manager of Hotels. He comes from an illustrious international and domestic hotel career.

Mr Evans is focusing on new developments, future growth and expansion of The Quadrant Hotel group as well as new internationally-branded hotels owned by Galway Tourism investment group. He is working closely with the company’s current international hotel partners in growing the brands within New Zealand including Intercontinental Hotel Group and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Hayden Porter, formerly General Manager of The Quadrant Hotel in Auckland, has been appointed to the role of General Manager of Hotels for Galway Tourism Investment Group.

Mr Porter is well known in the New Zealand Tourism and Hotel industry having held several senior roles at high profile Hotels in Auckland during the past decade. He has also worked closely with many major tourism operators over this period.

His new role involves managing the division, providing inter-site co-ordination, new hotel pre-opening set-up, focusing on revenue streams, infrastructure, systems and overall liaison with existing properties.

Paul Evans, Galway’s Director of Hotels says: “This was the next logical step in our company’s growth in this area and Hayden has the knowledge and drive to help us continue to grow at the necessary pace.”

Simon Meikle also joins the team in the role of Acquisitions and Development Manager for The Quadrant Hotel Group. Mr Meikle’s appointment arises from Melview’s intention to seek new development opportunities around the country and its desire to expand The Quadrant brand of Hotels from the already established Auckland hotel and The Quadrant Queenstown which is currently under construction.

Mr Meikle is also well known in the hospitality industry. His family established the White Heron hotel chain before building the well known James Cook hotel in Wellington and going on to establish many iconic New Zealand bars and restaurants. He is based in Wellington and is actively seeking new growth opportunities for The Quadrant Hotel Group.

Melview now has nine hotels comprising more than 1,800 hotel rooms either completed or currently under development. Melview developed and operates The Quadrant Auckland, Westin Auckland Lighter Quay and The Holiday Inn Wellington. Among its current projects is the $1 billion Kawarau Falls Station project in Queenstown which, on completion in 2010, will be New Zealand’s biggest ever hotel and tourism resort development.

Moving into the role of General Manager at The Quadrant is Nathan Cook, formerly Director of Operations for the 256-room designer hotel. Mr Cook has been instrumental in the growth of the new property and has the confidence in developing this emerging brand. Mr Cook joined The Quadrant following four years with Tourism New Zealand in Japan.


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