Jacquie Prentice, Vista Hospitality Group

Vista appoints Director of Development

Vista Hospitality Group has appointed Jacquie Prentice to the role of Director of Development

In this new role, Prentice will bring decades of insights to help existing and future owners and investors identify ways to optimise their assets – from development and asset management through to operations.

Vista Hospitality Group’s VP of Operations and Development, Jordan Rodgers, said the senior appointment signals a confidence in what Vista brings to the market.

“Jacquie’s diverse project expertise means Vista’s distinct capability to manage any and every stage of a hotel’s lifecycle is tailored to owners and investors from a place of deep insight,” Rodgers said.

“While there’s new build deals on the horizon, we see Jacquie’s appointment as key to our ambitious plans to help owners realise the potential of their existing hotels through our third-party management and versatile right fit global brand offering.”

Prentice brings a wealth of leadership experience in hotel operations, developments and real estate as well as board roles in the tourism sector.

She said she is looking forward to getting started.

“Vista’s multi-dimensional approach is redefining how owners can operate their hotels and I’m particularly looking forward to bringing the impressive bench strength from the Group to hotel conversions, repositionings and third-party management,” she said. 

Dorsett Melbourne welcomes new GM

Dorsett Melbourne has named Stephen Cane as its new General Manager.

Commencing the role this month, Cane recently moved back to Melbourne from London.

He brings over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry across a variety of departments, including 12 years working as General Manager to four and five-star hotels in London.

Prior to working in hotels, Cane was an Executive Chef at top London restaurants.

“My objective is to impart some of my learnings from decades of experience working my way up through the industry, to strengthen an already dynamic team here at Dorsett Melbourne.

“The team and I are passionate about all aspects of hospitality and our collective goal is to offer a world-class service experience. I look forward to growing further alongside my colleagues here at Dorsett Melbourne.

“Dorsett Melbourne is a unique offering in a bustling Melbourne CBD. We have a great hotel, an outstanding team, and we aim to be Melbourne’s number 1 hotel for customer experience.”

Rupert Hallam, Hilton Singapore Orchard

Hilton Adelaide GM to lead Hilton’s largest APAC hotel

Industry veteran Rupert Hallam has been appointed General Manager for Hilton’s largest hotel in Asia Pacific, Hilton Singapore Orchard.

The British hospitality expert brings over three decades of hospitality experience – 21 years of which have been spent with Hilton, including as Vice President of Sales for Hilton Asia Pacific from 2015 to 2019, based in Singapore.

He vacates the role of General Manager at Hilton Adelaide, a position he has held for close to five years.

“Having experienced working in Singapore during my time with Hilton, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to not only return to a city that I see as a gateway to the world, but to also have the privilege of leading this brand-defining property for Hilton,” said Hallam.

“I’ve had many fond memories in my time here, and I look forward to creating even more great ones as I work closely with the exceptional teams who have been instrumental in the success of this hotel since its opening.

“We are entering a new chapter in the tourism industry at this exciting and crucial time, and I believe we’re only getting started with exemplifying the best of the Hilton brand at Hilton Singapore Orchard.”

Hallam will lead a team of over 490 team members, overseeing day-to-day operations of the hotel’s 1,080 rooms and suites, five world-class culinary concepts, and its extensive MICE and wedding offerings spanning over 2,400 sqm of meeting spaces, with the support of Hotel Manager Linda Reddy.