Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel has appointed Louise Divarquez as event sales manager. The 218-room hotel, which opened in August, recently unveiled its flagship event space, The Robert Gordon Ballroom, which Divarquez will help manage. Originally from Glasgow, Divarquez has more than 20 years of experience of the events industry, working in senior roles within hospitality, events and catering companies across Scotland and worldwide with five-star cruise ships.
Hastings Hotels has announced the appointment of Niall Burns as the new deputy general manager at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. Burns has worked for Hastings Hotels for over eight years and was previously named bar manager of the Year at the NI Institute of Hospitality Awards. He recently graduated from an executive management program through the IMI and Fáilte Ireland.
Hastings Hotels has appointed Michael Weston as general manager at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. Weston has almost 20 years’ management experience in the hospitality industry and previously worked for Walt Disney World, the Mooney Hotel Group, Hilton Hotels and Radisson Hotel Group. He holds a BA (Hons) in hospitality management with a Diploma in industrial studies from the Ulster University.
SANA Hotels has appointed Isabella Magro as their new international sales director for UK & Ireland. Isabella joined SANA hotels from The Langham, London where she was senior sales manager for over two years. Magro has worked for hotel chains such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts since moving to London in 2007.
Carden Park has appointed Steve Ewing as its spa director. Ewing is set to work on the hotel’s new Carden Park Spa which will open in summer 2019 at the Cheshire country estate.
Ewing has previously held various roles with Macdonald Hotels, Mercure and Intercontinental Hotels and secured The Good Spa Guide’s ‘5 Bubble’ accolade whilst spa director at Cheshire’s Mottram Hall.
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has expanded its team at the Paris headquarters, where Malgorzata Kozlowska will join as Event and Project Coordinator. She will focus on supporting and managing UFI’s roster of events around the world. She holds a degree in tourism and has experience of working in the hospitality, logistics and events industry.
RoomIt by CWT, the hotel distribution division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, announced the appointment of Brian Zacker as vice president of global sales. Prior to joining CWT, Zacker spent 18 years with Travelport.
Steph Wilson has joined Top Banana as account manager, based in the Midlands office working on clients in the retail, financial, automotive and nutrition sectors. Joining from Corporate Innovations, Wilson has nine years experience in the live events and communications arena.
Paul Martins of Cavendish Venues has been appointed as the new chair of London City Selection. With more than 14 years of industry experience, Martins has been director of sales at Cavendish Venues for five years as well as a board member of LCS for the best part of that time.
Arora Hotels appointed Ben Ludwell as general manager of The Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Ludwell joins the Denham golf course from his previous role as assistant general manager at the Queenwood Golf Club in Chertsey, Surrey, where he was based for more than seven years.