Expansion of team as brand gears for growth in the Pacific
Belsham’s appointment indicates the strategic importance being placed on New Zealand and the Pacific Islands as part of the organisation’s growth strategy, says Graham Perry, managing director of Best Western Hotels & Resorts for Australasia.
“We’re delighted to welcome Andrew, with his wealth of experience and enthusiasm, to our expanding Best Western team,” Perry said.
“Andrew’s appointment, and the fact he will be based in New Zealand, demonstrates our recognition that if we’re serious about New Zealand and the Pacific, we have to fully commit and have a direct presence located in the region.”
Previously with Small Luxury Hotels of the World for eight years, in both London and most recently Auckland for three years as Area Manager Oceania, Belsham has also spent five years working for Flight Centre UK as the leadership and development manager and headed up the luxury travel division for Ten Lifestyle Management in London.
“Having worked closely with some of the world’s most elite property owners and general managers worldwide, and having stayed in over 200 properties, I know what the customer demands are today and how to drive incremental business and awareness to these properties,” said Belsham.
“I look forward to using that experience to support the existing and new Best Western properties across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.”