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Hilton Surfers Paradise General Manager Shares The Personal Impact That Hilton Has Played Throughout Her Career

February 13, 2019 Hotel News No Comments Email Email


Leading up to Hilton’s 100th anniversary in May 2019, best-selling author and Stanford Business professor Chip Heath, along with coauthor Karla Starr, unveiled the impact the first global hotel company has had around the world in a new book titled The Hilton Effect. Hilton Surfers Paradise is proud to be one example of what Heath defines as the positive, world-altering impact that Hilton has had, and continues to have, on billions of lives and thousands of communities around the globe – pioneering new travel markets and bringing people and cultures together to make the world feel smaller, while still expanding horizons and opportunities.

Over the last century, Hilton has grown from a single hotel to more than 5,500 hotels and 15
brands in 109 countries and territories including Hilton Surfers Paradise right here on the Gold
Coast.

Hilton Surfers Paradise general manager, Fiona Pryde, tells her personal story, sharing the
effect Hilton has played throughout her career in hospitality. Fiona’s journey was inspired when
she was just 15 years old.

“In 1992 I found myself heading from Ipswich to Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast for my
school work experience placement. Conrad Jupiters was a Hilton Hotel at the time, and I was
completely in love with the energy, excitement and magic of being in a hotel,”

“As a result of the placement with Hilton, I not only fell in love with hospitality, but also the Gold
Coast.” said Ms. Pryde.

After finishing school, Fiona quickly realized that her summer job as a Lifeguard wasn’t enough
to pay the bills so embracing her love for hospitality, she once again signed up for work
experience in a hotel.

“After a week or so of unpaid work experience, I was offered a casual job in Banquets and so
my career in hospitality began and I’ve never looked back!” Ms. Pryde said.

Fiona’s extensive career with Hilton has seen her work across various departments, from food
and beverage to front office, and sales and marketing and revenue, giving her an allencompassing viewpoint on the required elements to run a prosperous hotel.

Fiona says the strong leadership she was privy to in her foundation years with Hilton has
contributed to the backbone of the service she now mirrors to her 130 Team Members, offering a
workplace with strong team connections and a hotel where guests are valued.

“Feeling valued and appreciated comes through in the little things and it comes from having truly
authentic leaders,”

“I encourage our Team Members to create space for the things that matter most to them and I
understand there is no such thing as work and life, there is just life and this creates an environment
for them to perform at their best. I am thankful to my leaders at Hilton that have done the same
for me and given me this leadership mantra,”

“For me, Hilton has always been an aspirational brand and it has impacted my career as I always
want to be better,” added Ms. Pryde.

“Throughout its 100 years, Hilton has been renowned for innovating, changing and growing and I
like to think I am always looking to do the same.”

Not only a hotelier but a wife and mother, “The Hilton Effect” has further rippled through the Pryde
family with her husband, also a Hilton Team Member.

“My husband, Wayne, also works for Hilton as Cluster IT Manager for four of our hotels in the
Northern Territory. Upon my appointment to the Gold Coast, Hilton allowed Wayne to work
remotely from our home on the Gold Coast. This gave us the flexibility we needed to raise our
beautiful boys.” Ms. Pryde said.

Just like Hilton did for Fiona, she now hopes to inspire our youth to build careers in hospitality,
as well as inspire families to visit the Gold Coast.

“I feel incredibly humbled to play my part in honouring the proud legacy of Hilton and I feel a deep
sense of responsibility in ensuring that young people are given an opportunity in hospitality,
especially guiding our future leaders.” Ms. Pryde said.



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