New Hotel Manager Appointed For Hilton Lake Taupo

Ryan Mikkelson Has Been Appointed As The New Hotel Manager For Hilton Lake Taupo

This information originated in Australian English.

May 27, 2013

LAKE TAUPO, New Zealand - Hilton Worldwide announced today the appointment of Ryan Mikkelson as hotel manager for Hilton Lake Taupo.

With an extensive background in hospitality and nine years within Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Ryan has been appointment as Hotel Manager for Hilton Lake Taupo after holding the position of Director of Business Development for Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo since November 2010.

Ryan's 20-year hospitality career has seen him progress through the ranks of the kitchen to Head Chef roles in both New Zealand and the U.K. On his return to NZ in 2004, Ryan joined Hilton Auckland and since that time has taken various leadership roles at Hilton Auckland including Reservations Manager, Revenue Manager and most recently Director of Business Development for both Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo. Ryan has been instrumental in the continued commercial success of both hotels.

Ryan will continue to report to Roger Brantsma, general manager for both Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo, and will be responsible for the operation of the Taupo property.

Commenting on his new appointment, Ryan says "I'm thrilled to step into this role as Hotel Manager for Hilton Lake Taupo. This Central North Island's hotel is simply a delightful property that has already received a wide array of awards, from TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Travellers' Choice to HM Award and World Travel Awards. It is an honour to ensure the hotel provides an outstanding stay for all our guests, whether they travel for business or leisure".

Roger Brantsma, general manager of Hilton Lake Taupo, said, "I am very pleased to see Ryan taking over this position. It is a great opportunity to experience in depth the operational side of hotels. In his previous role as Director of Business Development, Ryan worked with commitment and dedication; he demonstrated great management skills, which will lead him through this new journey in Taupo".

Hilton Lake Taupo
The historic Hilton Lake Taupo is one of Taupo's architectural icons located in the Onekeneke Thermal Valley, famous for its ancient pumice flows. Situated 1 km from the lake front along State Highway 5, the hotel overlooks the lake and the central plateau mountains beyond.

The hotel features 113 spacious accommodation rooms including suites and apartments. Leisure facilities include an infinity swimming pool and spa pool, tennis courts and a beautifully appointed fitness centre with steam room and sauna.

Offering the Cellar Ball Room, Cellar Cocktail Bar, Thermal Valley Portico and the Onekeneke Boardroom, Hilton Lake Taupo caters for cocktail receptions up to 250 and dinners up to 120 guests.

Media can access additional information about Hilton Auckland at and about Hilton Lake Taupo at


Cristina Magni
Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo
+64 9 978 2016

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