Neil Paterson, TRYP Adelaide

Wyndham Destinations names TRYP GM

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has appointed Neil Paterson as General Manager of TRYP by Wyndham Pulteney Street Adelaide, ahead of its March opening.

“With 25 years’ experience in senior hospitality positions and the last eight years in overseas markets, Neil is a gifted people leader able to build a creative team who will be able to provide an immersive city experience to our guests, the hallmark of a TRYP property,” said Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific Senior Vice President Operations, Warren Cullum.

The brand is known for lively and upbeat teams who can share their knowledge of the local area.

“Along with that experience, Neil exhibits genuine care, an ability to instantly connect with people and a deep recognition of how to deliver thoughtful service – all traits of a complete hospitality professional. We look forward to seeing the experiences Neil and his team will create for guests and the impact the TRYP by Wyndham brand can have in Adelaide,” Callum added.

The 120-room hotel will feature standard and deluxe rooms, as well as six spacious corner suites and Executive Suites on the 11th floor, a gym, library, business centre, and boardroom for small meetings.

Belmond makes two key executive appointments

Luxury hotels company Belmond has announced the leaders of two newly created divisions within the business.

Christian Boyens

Industry veteran Christian Boyens joins the business to take up the role of Vice President and Divisional Leader of Southern Europe, while Iain Langridge has been promoted to Vice President and Divisional Leader of Northern Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Boyens, who commenced his role on January 23, brings over 25 years of experience in luxury hospitality.

He will oversee the operations and management of the Southern Europe division, covering Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Boyens previously served as Head of Operations, Urban Hotels at LVMH Hotel Management/Cheval Blanc; and prior to that, he was General Manager of The Ritz Paris for more than eight years, overseeing the closure, renovation, and repositioning of this iconic hotel.

Iain Langridge

Langridge joined Belmond in 2020 as Divisional Managing Director for Asia Pacific, and has since led the company’s Asian hotels through the pandemic. He has taken on additional global responsibilities in the last three years, as part of multiple steering committees that have led to the rollout of strategic initiatives across the company.

“Both Christian and Iain are exceptional leaders with proven track records to achieve outstanding performance and strong passion to develop and grow the next generation of hospitality talent,” said Belmond CEO Roeland Vos.

“We are thrilled to have them both to lead these newly created divisions as we continue to strengthen our portfolio through elevating brand desirability and operational excellence.”

Fairmont Orchid Kohala Coast names Executive Chef

Isabel Chung has been appointed Executive Chef at luxury Hawai‘i resort, Fairmont Orchid.

Chung, who commenced the role in December, will oversee all culinary operations, including fine dining, AAA Four Diamond restaurant, Brown’s Beach House.

“Chef Chung is an unbridled food enthusiast whose passion for sharing fresh, local cuisine can be tasted in every bite she prepares,” said Fairmont Orchid General Manager, Charles Head.

“Her focus on sourcing sustainably, collaborating with regional farmers and incorporating seasonal ingredients makes her a perfect fit for our Fairmont Orchid ‘ohana (family).”

Isabel Chung

Chung began her culinary career in 2001, at the Delta Bow Valley, Calgary, Alberta. She transferred to Fairmont Southampton in 2005 to take up the role of Senior Chef de Partie, before being quickly promoted to Sous Chef.

She has held numerous roles within Fairmont Hotels and Resorts across various locations, including at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

“Hawai‘i’s diverse culinary landscape is a food lover’s dream and I look forward to cultivating deep relationships with the fishermen, farmers and ranchers on Hawai‘i Island so that I can bring unique and authentic dishes to the table,” Chung said.  

“I spend a lot of time in my garden because it gives me hope to put seeds in the ground and nurture an ecosystem of giving and receiving. Food offers an essential connection to culture, to our sense of place and ultimately to each other. It’s my hope that when guests of Fairmont Orchid dine on property, they get a taste of the beauty and landscape we’re so fortunate to be immersed in.”