David Kingston, owner of leading tour and hospitality brands Sunlover Reef Cruises and heritage listed Hides Hotel, welcomes Eugene Kotze into the role of Group General Manager.
Mr Kotze, having lived in Cairns since 2011, and originally from South Africa, brings to the role years of experience in customer service, logistics and business management across a number of retail and manufacturing brands both in Australia and overseas.
He joins the company as tourism in Tropical North Queensland measures record numbers from key Asian markets, and given the resurgence in visitors from long term traditional western countries.
Mr Kotze’s appointment comes at an exciting and pivotal time, as the company positions itself for growth and expansion of its local reef interests, with the welcome addition of a new pontoon out at Moore Reef, and vessel upgrades. Both slated for completion this year.
Plans are also underway to leverage from the recent inner city Lakes Street Mall and Shields Street upgrades, and inject some investment into Hides Hotel.
“As a mad boatie and diver in my personal time, I am very passionate about the reef and local area, and to guiding our Sunlover Reef Cruises’ and Hides Hotel teams’ into a new era, Eugene said”.
“I also look forward to forging relationships with the NQ tourism industry and business community along the way”, he said.