Singapore, 15 June, 2012 - Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the appointment of Michael Johnson as General Manager of PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport. Michael will be overseeing operations at the 276-room property directly connected to the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
Michael has over 30 years in tourism and hospitality in Australia and New Zealand, 13 of which were spent heading hotels in Christchurch, Queenstown, Sydney and Brisbane.
In his most recent appointment, Michael was the General Manager of North Sydney Harbourview Hotel. Prior to that, he helmed the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney for four years and was responsible for developing awareness for the Amora brand in Australia and New Zealand. Concurrently, he supported the operations of other Amora hotels and lent his expertise to owners in acquisition opportunities for new Amora properties in the region.
Under Michael’s leadership, Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney was named ‘Superior Hotel of the Year’ in the 2009 Australian Hotels Association’s (NSW) Awards for Excellence.
Michael has intimate knowledge of the PARKROYAL brand, having spent over twenty years with Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation (SPHC) which owned the PARKROYAL brand previously. While at SPHC, Michael held both operations and development roles before heading several PARKROYAL hotels in Australia.
Leveraging his knowledge and passion for hospitality, Michael added another facet to his career when he helmed Totally Tourism, a tourism company offering a varied portfolio of sightseeing and adventure activities across New Zealand’s South Island.
Active in the industry, Michael also held the position of Chairman of the Australia Hotels Association New South Wales Accommodation Division in 2010.
“With his breadth of tourism and hospitality experience, Michael will bring to PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport a new vision and fresh perspective,” said A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and CEO, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
“He also brings on board some very important networks which will prove invaluable as he continues to position the property as one of the country’s leading airport hotels, while building on PARKROYAL’s strong heritage.”
PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport was recently named ‘Best Airport Hotel Australia/Pacific’ at the 2012 World Airport Awards.
Outside Australia, the PARKROYAL brand will also debut in China later this year with the opening of PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Green City, Shanghai.
In Singapore, PARKROYAL on Pickering, the flagship PARKROYAL with a hotel-in-a-garden concept in Singapore will open in December this year.
About Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Pan Pacific Hotels Group is a listed hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties. Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns and/or manages over 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites with over 10,000 rooms including those under development in Asia, Oceania and North America The Group comprises two acclaimed brands: Pan Pacific® and PARKROYAL®.
Pan Pacific® provides refreshing Pacific experiences inspired by an invigorating blend of its Pacific Rim locations. It is focused on enriching experiences that draw on a diversity of landscapes and cultures; and relevant choices that convey freedom and individuality. PARKROYAL® is a collection of comfortable leisure and business hotels and resorts located in the heart of cities and interesting locales across Asia Pacific. Each PARKROYAL reflects the spirit and individuality of its locations through creative touches, authentic tastes and local connections. For more information, visit pphg.com.