Hilton Worldwide has appointed Craig Bonnor as the new General Manager of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and Clinton Farley as the Hotel Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street.
Both are seasoned hospitality professionals and long-time Hilton team members, having travelled the world with the company.
Bonnor brings 31 years of hospitality experience with him to Melbourne, having spent the last four years as General Manager at Hilton Nagoya. Prior to his time in Japan, Bonnor held the position of Director of Business Development for Millennium Hilton Bangkok as well as Conrad Bangkok. His experience in Australasia includes stints at Hilton Auckland, Hilton Brisbane and Hilton Sydney.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to drive Hilton Melbourne South Wharf into a new phase of success,” Bonnor said. “With a brand new meetings and events space and refurbishment to the hotel’s restaurant and bar space nearly complete, the hotel is well placed to satisfy the needs of our guests well into the future.”
Farley has been in the hospitality and tourism industry for more than 17 years. Moving to Melbourne as part of the pre-opening team for DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street, this hotel marks the third time Farley has opened a new hotel for the company, having most recently done so at DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs, and prior to that at Hilton Lake Taupo.
Farley is passionate about growing quality tourism experiences for guests and has sat on a number of tourism advisory boards in the past, most recently on Tourism Central Australia and Red Hot Arts Central Australia. He intends to continue this focus in Melbourne.
“I am excited to bring the renowned DoubleTree by Hilton CARE (Create A Rewarding Experience) culture to Melbourne and to share this chic, urban and friendly hotel with our guests,” Farley said.