Bayview Hotels sees two new appointments at Chateau Tongariro Hotel and Wairakei Resort Taupo
Stavert first started with Bayview in 1995, has worked for both properties and was executive assistant manager for Wairakei Resort when he left in 2011 to take up the general manager role for sister property The Sydney Boulevard Hotel.
“I am excited to be coming home as general manager of these two hotels that I know so well,” he said. “They are such unique properties with so many strengths. I look forward to bringing my operational background and experience to this position to continue to build upon the legacy of these heritage properties.”
Lee Watkins also joins the team as the director of sales and marketing for Wairakei Resort Taupo and Chateau Tongariro. He brings over 23 years’ industry experience and has had roles with Accor Hotels and Stamford Plaza, worked in destination tourism sales for Auckland Convention Bureau, and recently looked after event sales for Tongariro Lodge.
“I am delighted and privileged to be leading the sales and marketing team for two of New Zealand’s most iconic hotels,” Watkins said. “Like Dave, I too return to Bayview Hotels after holding my first job in hospitality as a receptionist at The Grand Chateau 20 years ago. I look forward to bringing my experience to the team and working with them in creating memorable experiences for our guests, outstanding conferences and events, and all with the exceptional and warm hospitality our hotels have offered for many years.’’