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Quirky luxury hotel group names new senior appointments

Quirky luxury hotel group names new senior appointments

Colin McClean has been appointed General Manager of QT Wellington. McClean brings more than 18 years of experience in the New Zealand hotel industry, including Wanaka’s Edgewater luxury lodge, excelling in commercial strategy and operational acumen.

Reflected in his emphatic leadership style, McClean reportedly has high employee engagement with team development and success. Some of his most prized accomplishments to date include recognition for Best Marketed Establishment, Best Luxury Hotel and Best Hotel at the NZ Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

A competitor in the past, and a fan of QT, McClean says of his appointment:-  “As the market prepares for new heights across business and leisure, I’m excited to embark on this new chapter, both personally and for the hotel. With a keen eye for brand, I’m ready to lead with a unique ability to cultivate a thriving environment in line with the unique quirkiness of QT.”

Prior to joining EVT, McClean established his career in hospitality in roles across global brands such as Accor and SkyCity, throughout New Zealand, with extensive hotel opening and hotel transformation experience.

Jodi Brown QT Auckland

Meanwhile QT Auckland welcomes Jodi Brown as General Manager. As an award-winning hotelier with a wealth of experience in the luxury hotel and hospitality industry, Brown brings a breadth of knowledge, expertise and leadership to her new QT appointment.

Joining from the helm of QT Wellington and the Museum Apartment Hotel, Jodi began her career with EVT, launching her diverse and successful career in hotels and hospitality. As General Manager, she led a 12-month full-scale refurbishment and rebrand at Atura Hotel Albury, before holding notable leadership roles at QT Sydney, Eos by SkyCity Adelaide, and SkyCity Hospitality, overseeing conference and events as well as signature restaurants.

Jodi looks forward to accelerating QT Auckland’s award-winning hospitality as the benchmark for the industry, saying:- “As our flagship property in New Zealand, the team know how to bring the QT brand to life. With our people integral to delivering our signature ‘Unexpected and Unrequested’ experience, I look forward to fostering a high-performing team and taking the hotel to the next level.”

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