Echo Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of Kelvin Dodt to the position of General Manager Hotels – Queensland.
Commencing on June 9, Kelvin brings an outstanding background in managing high-end hospitality product to the position, having been most recently general manager of Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa in Tropical North Queensland.
Prior to this, Kelvin was the Queensland Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Mirvac Hotel & Resorts, encompassing Mirvac’s 12 hotels and resorts within the region and leading the pre-opening teams of Quay West Resort & Spa in Noosa and Sea Temple Surfers Paradise (now Soul Surfers Paradise) on the Gold Coast.
Leaving behind the seaside village of Port Douglas, Kelvin is now based on the Gold Coast overseeing the daily management, operations and refurbishment of Jupiters’ 592-room hotel and Treasury’s 130-room heritage hotel.
Echo Entertainment Group Managing Director, Queensland, Geoff Hogg said Kelvin has broad experience in sales and marketing, reservations and rooms management which are elements critical to each hotel’s success.
“With Kelvin’s eye for detail and focus on optimal service delivery, I have no doubt he will be a major benefit to our business and provide great leadership to our hotel team,” Geoff said.
“He joins our business at a time of rapid transformation and growth, including a total refurbishment of all guest rooms at Jupiters.
“Kelvin will also play a pivotal role in Jupiters’ $345 million redevelopment including the new 80-suite six-star hotel tower, scheduled to break ground in August.”
Ideally positioned amongst seven acres of landscaped gardens on Broadbeach Island, Jupiters offers a variety of accommodation options, including superbly appointed guest rooms and suites with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast Hinterland, combined with the world-class facilities of an international hotel.
Jupiters is currently undergoing one of the most comprehensive and highest value hotel refurbishments ever undertaken in Australia – the project, together with some initial work already completed around the pool and hotel facade, will cost around $75 million.
The first completed stage of the refurbished hotel rooms is expected to open at the end of October 2015, with the entire project scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.
In Brisbane, Treasury’s heritage hotel is housed in one of Australia’s grandest and most beautifully preserved buildings – the Land Administration Building.
Each and every luxuriously appointed guest room and suite is unique and awash with heritage features, with high ceilings, luxury bathrooms, framed artwork on the walls, elegant furnishings and some with river views. Premium guest services and facilities include 24-hour reception, concierge and room service, twice daily housekeeping and a fully equipped fitness centre.