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Four Points by Sheraton Auckland appoints Director of Sales & Marketing ahead of opening in March 2018

November 8, 2017 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland, part of Four Points by Sheraton and Marriott International, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Dodds as Director of Sales & Marketing. The 255-room hotel is slated to open on 1 March, 2018 and is the first Four Points by Sheraton branded hotel to open in New Zealand.

In the role of Director of Sales & Marketing, Richard will be responsible for developing and managing the hotel’s sales and marketing strategy to achieve short and long-term results. Ahead of the hotel opening, Richard will build a strong Sales & Marketing team who will help him establish the hotel as a popular retreat for today’s modern travellers.

“I’m honoured to be joining the team that will open the first Four Points by Sheraton hotel in New Zealand,” said Richard Dodds. “New Zealand has a current shortage of hotel beds and Four Points by Sheraton Auckland, with its signature comforts and authentic service, great location and views, will be a welcome addition to the Auckland CBD. I’ve already started recruiting my team and look forward to establishing the hotel as a go-to option for visitors to the city.”

Richard brings a wealth of experience to the Director of Sales & Marketing position. He joins the Marriott International family from Minor Hotels, where he was central in the launch of the Avani brand into New Zealand. Prior to this, Richard managed sales for Minor Hotels across New Zealand and Australia and has also held senior roles with TFE Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels and SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre.

As Director of Sales & Marketing, Richard will report into Paul Gallop, General Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Auckland.

“Richard’s track record of successfully launching hotels in the New Zealand market makes him the perfect candidate for this role,” said Paul Gallop. “Richard’s experience, industry knowledge, leadership skills and vast network of contacts will be intrinsic to the successful opening of the hotel.”

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland will offer guests 255 modern guest rooms, with impressive views of the city, alongside an all-day dining restaurant, bar and lounge. Reflecting the brand’s promise to provide what matters most to today’s independent travellers, the hotel will also offer all of the brand’s defining touches, including the signature Four Comfort bed, complimentary bottled water, fast and free Wi-Fi in all public areas, an energising breakfast and the brand’s signature Best Brews™ program.

Conveniently located in Auckland’s city centre, just 30 minutes from Auckland Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Auckland will be an exciting option for meetings and events as well, with 500 square metres of space, including a 200 square metre ballroom and a Roof Top Bar & Terrace, located on the 20th floor of the hotel with expansive views across Auckland.

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