Photo credit Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

Recent appointments of a new General Manager and the creation of a Director of Sales and Marketing role will ensure that big changes are on the horizon for two of New Zealand’s most iconic hotels, Chateau Tongariro Hotel and Wairakei Resort Taupo.

David Stavert joins Bayview Hotels New Zealand (Wairakei Resort Taupo and Chateau Tongariro Hotel) as the newly appointed General Manager, replacing Kathy Guy who retired earlier this month after almost two decades in the role.

David Stavert.

Stavert first started with Bayview in 1995, has worked for both properties and was Executive Assistant Manager for Wairakei Resort when he left in 2011 to take up the General Manager role for sister property The Sydney Boulevard Hotel.

“I am excited to be coming home as general manager of these two hotels that I know so well,” says Stavert. “They are such unique properties with so many strengths. I look forward to bringing my operational background and experience to this position to continue to build upon the legacy of these heritage properties.”

Mr Stavert is also looking forward to working with the local communities of Taupo and the Ruapehu region.

“During my time at the Sydney Boulevard Hotel my passion for community and charity was a significant part of our ethos. I plan on bringing this same commitment with me and making a real impact within our local communities.”

Lee Watkins.

Lee Watkins also joins the team as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Wairakei Resort Taupo and Chateau Tongariro. Lee brings over 23 years’ industry experience and has had roles with Accor Hotels and Stamford Plaza, worked in destination tourism sales for Auckland Convention Bureau, and recently looked after event sales for Tongariro Lodge.

“I am delighted and privileged to be leading the sales and marketing team for two of New Zealand’s most iconic hotels. Like Dave, I too return to Bayview Hotels after holding my first job in hospitality as a receptionist at The Grand Chateau 20 years ago. I look forward to bringing my experience to the team and working with them in creating memorable experiences for our guests, outstanding conferences and events, and all with the exceptional and warm hospitality our hotels have offered for many years.’’

Both Dave and Lee look forward to continuing their careers with Bayview and promoting two of New Zealand’s most iconic hotels and resorts into the future.

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