A man who started his hospitality career in Queenstown is returning to run boutique Eichardt’s Private Hotel.
Chris McIntosh, 29, who used to work for the original owners of award-winning Evergreen Lodge, at Sunshine Bay, started in his new job this week.
He replaces Holly Taylor, who resigned last month.
McIntosh most recently was executive assistant manager at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Adelaide.
Prior to that he had the same role at Cypress Lakes Group in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, where his responsibilities included Cypress Lakes Resort, Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club and the Golden Door Elysia Spa.
In total he was responsible for more than 450 rooms.
His CV also includes being general manager of Rarotonga Resort Management, where he was responsible for the Quest Altrium in Wellington and the Lagoon Lodges, Castaway Beach Villas and Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel in the Cook Islands.
McIntosh has also been executive food and beverage manager at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, where he’s originally from, and group food and beverage manager for the Wellesley Group, whose properties included Wellesley Boutique Hotel in Wellington.
Andrew Cox, managing director of Melbourne-based Imperium Capital Group, which bought Eichardt’s last December, comments: “Chris has a strong passion for hospitality and for delivering a great experience to all his guests and to leading strong customer-focused teams.
“He is a qualified pilot (Cessna 172 and 152) and his diverse interests include the arts, travelling, outdoor pursuits, world cinema, music and photography, all of which will greatly assist him in his new role and in the wider Queenstown community.”
McIntosh comments: “After previously living in Queenstown, and my global travels with my career, the opportunity to return to the region to manage such an iconic and respected boutique hotel was an easy decision.
“The new direction from Imperium Capital is exciting and I am pleased to be leading the hotel into its next phase of growth and development.”