Hilton Auckland And Hilton Lake Taupo Welcome Ryan Mikkelson

New Director Of Business Development In New Zealand

This information originated in Australian English.

December 14, 2010

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -  Hilton Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Mikkelson as director of business development for both Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo.

With an extensive background in hospitality, Ryan re-joins the Hilton team after 12 months spent pursuing other career interests. Previously the revenue manager at Hilton Auckland, Ryan has spent six years of his hotel career in various positions at Hilton Auckland.

Commenting on the appointment, Chris Partridge, general manager for Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo, said, “We are excited to have Ryan re-join the Hilton team in the role of director of business development. Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge of the regional accommodation market and a deep understanding of the hospitality industry to his new position.”

In his role as director of business development Ryan will be responsible for leading the Hilton Sales, Marketing and Revenue teams with a strategy of strengthening the position of Hilton Hotels & Resorts as the first choice for clients and stakeholders.

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Mikkelson said, “Hospitality is in my blood and sales and marketing within hospitality is something that I’m really passionate about. After some years in Operations followed by time spent in Revenue Management, I feel confident in taking this next career step and very excited to be doing it with Hilton with whom I already have a long history.”

Hilton Hotels & Resorts currently manages two properties in New Zealand, Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo. Hilton Auckland is the pre-eminent international hotel in the city, offering 165 contemporary hotel rooms and suites. The hotel enjoys a unique waterfront position surrounded by the breathtaking Waitemata Harbour and is only a few minutes walk from the centre of Auckland’s CBD.

Hilton Lake Taupo offers 5 star accommodations across a variety of room types including one and three bedroom apartments. Most rooms at Hilton Lake Taupo feature spectacular views of Lake Taupo and the volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Hilton Lake Taupo was recently voted “Best New Hotel in Australasia” at the 2010 World Travel Awards.

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