Home' Hotel Management : HM APRIL 2015 Contents InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed RUWAN
PEIRIS as Regional General Manager for New South Wales, the
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria. In his new role,
Peiris will be responsible for the management of thirteen IHG
hotels, the National Convention Centre Canberra and Parliament
House Catering by IHG. Peiris, who holds an Associate Diploma
in Hotel Management, joins IHG with over 20 years of experience
in Australia’s hospitality industry. He was most recently Area General Manager with
Accor Hotels, where he was responsible for the operational performance of hotels
across New South Wales, the ACT and the company’s properties in Darling Harbour.
Replacing Peiris as the General Manager for Accor’s Darling
Harbour hotels is popular hotelier HAYDEN HUGHES, who will
also be the Area Manager for Ibis Budget. Hughes joined Accor
in April 2002 at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. Since then, he
has gained a solid background in rooms division and management
roles at hotels such as Novotel Twin Waters, Grand Mercure Suites
Mackay, Sofitel Gold Coast and Sofitel Brisbane. In May 2010,
Hughes was promoted to the role of General Manager, Novotel Melbourne on Collins
before being appointed to his most recent role as General Manager, Ibis Budget Brand
and Ibis Sydney Airport in June 2014.
Mantra Group has announced a number of movements with
General Manager appointments across its portfolio of Peppers,
Mantra and BreakFree properties.DANIEL RUSSELL has been
appointed from within the Group to General Manager at Mantra
Wings on the Gold Coast. Daniel has had an extensive history at
Mantra Group, undertaking General Manager positions at Mantra
on Kent Street and BreakFree Rainbow Shores and most recently
a caretaking role at BreakFree Diamond Beach. TROY FETTES has also stepped
into a new position within the Group as General Manager, Mantra Sierra Grand
Broadbeach. CRAIG SMITH, General Manager at Peppers Broadbeach has been
appointed as the new Area Manager for southern Surfers/ Broadbeach region on the
Gold Coast. As a recent graduate of Mantra Group’s Rising Star program, THOMAS
BERSTAD is the latest graduate of Mantra Group’s Rising Stars program to be
promoted into his first General Management position at Mantra One Sandy Bay Road
in Hobart. RODNEY MCGLEW joins the Group as General Manager at Mantra
Bunbury Hotel from The Lord Forrest Hotel Bunbury where he has successfully
led the team as General Manager. With over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality
industry, JASON PATTERSON joins Mantra Group as General Manager at one of
the newest properties to join the Group, Mantra Wollongong. Most recently Jason
was General Manager at Quantum Hospitality. And, NATHAN COPSEY joins the
Group as General Manager of Mantra on Jolimont. Formerly General Manager at the
Tune Hotel, Melbourne where he has worked since pre-opening in 2013, Nathan has
also worked in a variety of positions at the Parkview Hotel, St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
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.. 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. Farley has been in the hospitality and tourism industry for more than
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see your planner face-to-face. And with our business
development and client services team, they do a lot of
educational seminars for our clients and their focus is
around providing the knowledge and means for people to
make informed decisions.
“ The future of the industry will depend on how super
funds continue to develop and enhance their current
products to meet the needs of clients and members.
Enhancement, innovation and development are critical
to the industry, so it can continue to better the financial
futures of Australians,” O’Farrell said.
HostPlus has launched ChoicePlus, a new option for
people who want to manage their own fund.
While a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) might
give an investor more control, it comes at a significant
cost in time and money that some investors wouldn’t
ordinarily pay. And even then, increased control doesn’t
automatically translate to better returns. If people have a
lot of super, at least half a million dollars and they ’re very
experienced in financial and legal matters, then SMSFs
may be suitable.
People who use an SMSF generally spend a lot of
time tracking markets – usually more than two hours per
week. They also have to deal with more red tape. There
are strict Australian Tax Office rules about setting up
and managing your own super fund. And even if you
receive incorrect advice from a professional, the ultimate
responsibility for the fund still rests with the person
“As our members become more engaged with their
superannuation, their expectations change and they
may want to have more control over how their money is
invested,” said HostPlus CEO David Elia.
“HostPlus has 20 investment options across a range
of asset classes offering members a choice that suits their
comfort level of risk and return.
“So what do we offer those considering an SMSF?
ChoicePlus. This is our new investment option that
allows members to directly invest their super in the ASX
300 (the top 300 companies listed on the Australian
Stock Exchange), a number of leading Exchange Traded
Funds (ETFs) and term deposits. For many of our
members seeking more control over these investment
types, ChoicePlus will be the perfect vehicle to provide
them with greater investment control and expert support
without the administrative and legal burden or cost of an
SMSF,” said Elia.
He said HostPlus is also planning to change its structure
to allow the launch of a Pooled Superannuation Trust
(PST) to market, which will allow SMSF investors to invest
with HostPlus and benefit from the company ’s overall
performance just as its one million other members do.
Investing with HostPlus, Elia said, would provide
SMSFs with access to investments with favourable
characteristics that are currently not available to them,
such as wholesale property and infrastructure options.
Elia said HostPlus’ scale would provide SMSFs with
lower cost institutional-type investment fees which they
are unlikely to negotiate as a smaller investor. And by
ensuring the fund continues to grow in the future, all
members will continue to benefit.
He said member uptake had been strong with $44
million invested on the platform as at December 2014. n
HM looks at some of the key industry appointments in Asia-Pacific.
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