Hospitality Business Magazine

New GM joins Formosa resort

Rydges Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Bjorn van Ginkel as General Manager of Rydges Formosa Golf Resort in Auckland.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Bjorn has called New Zealand home since 2008 and joins Rydges Formosa Golf Resort from QT Auckland, where he was most recently Rooms Division Manager.

A graduate of the Pacific International Hotel Management School, Bjorn brings 10 years of experience within the hotel industry across New Zealand, Australia and the UK, working in renowned hotels such as the Marriott in Central London and gaining resort experience in the Whitsundays.

Bjorn says he is excited to be leading the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort and being immersed into the Beachlands community.

“I grew up in a family that was passionate about golf so I am thrilled to be joining the Formosa team after years of living in CBD locations where opportunities to get on the green have been slim.

“I have moved to Beachlands with my young family and we have already been welcomed into the community; I am looking forward to further contributing to the vibrancy of the area through our offerings at the hotel, the golf course and Nineteen Restaurant and Bar.”

Simon White, General Manager of Hotel Operations in New Zealand for EVENT, welcomes Bjorn’s passion for hospitality.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bjorn to the General Manager position at Rydges Formosa Golf Resort. He brings a huge amount of enthusiasm and vitality to the role, and I have no doubt he will be a fantastic leader for the team here and do great things at the property.”

Rydges Formosa Golf Resort is spread over 170 hectares and includes 50 refurbished one and two-bedroom villa combinations; the Nineteen Restaurant and Bar, new driving range and a world-class 18-hole golf course designed by professional golfer Sir Bob Charles.

The resort is a favourite for weddings, events and functions, able to cater for up to 300 guests – and only a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.