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InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Drives Continued Success With Appointment of Matt Rippin as General Manager

April 12, 2017 Appointments No Comments Email Email

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, an InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) property and the first InterContinental property in Australia, welcomes renowned hotelier Matt Rippin to the position of General Manager.

As a well-established and respected leader in the hospitality industry, the New Zealand born Mr. Rippin brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the international hotel industry. With extensive tenure across the IHG portfolio, Matt rejoins the luxury InterContinental brand following his most recent appointment as General Manager, Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside in 2015 where he spearheaded the hotel’s rebrand and launch of the first Holiday Inn brand to the Cairns market.

Mr. Rippin will be responsible for all hotel operations across the 243-room InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, including its four dining outlets, all-new Club InterContinental, 15 meetings and events spaces, weddings and guest relations.

Mr. Rippin first joined IHG in 2000 as Food & Beverage Manager at Holiday Inn Darwin and has continued in senior positions throughout the Crowne Plaza and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brands. InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort marks an impressive fifth General Manager posting for Matt Rippin, bolstering his extensive experience across the sales, marketing, revenue and operation disciplines. As no stranger to the Gold Coast, Mr. Rippin is armed with an extensive foundation of local expertise following over 13 years spent on the Coast, including senior positions within the iconic Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.

“It is a privilege to have Matt Rippin join the InterContinental family once again,” said Jörg T. Böckeler, Area General Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). “His wealth of experience, expertise and warm character will be a great asset to both the Resort and the Sanctuary Cove community, and continue the Resort’s strong success as Gold Coast’s favourite destination.”

With a passion for developing, building and nurturing talent pipelines, Matt has a deep-rooted philosophy of driving team engagement for exemplar guest service. Matt’s mentality for driving high-performance teams spills into this personal fulfilments as an avid cyclist and golf enthusiast – a hobby that will no doubt be strengthened with Sanctuary Cove’s access to renowned courses!

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