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Kimpton Margot Sydney announces appointment of Bruce Ryde as General Manager

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Thu, 11/11/2021 - 03:06
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A strategic and driven luxury business leader­, Bruce Ryde has a long history of both operating hotels and leading global brands across the Asia Pacific.

Australia's highly anticipated first Kimpton property, Kimpton Margot Sydney has announced that Bruce Ryde has joined the hotel as General Manager. Ridiculously personal experiences are a hallmark of every Kimpton hotel, and Bruce will be uniquely equipped to assist Kimpton Margot Sydney as it readies for a January opening.

A strategic and driven luxury business leader­, Bruce Ryde has a long history of both operating hotels and leading global brands across the Asia Pacific. Most recently, Bruce worked with visionary owners John and Karina Stewart on their legendary holistic wellness brand, Kamalaya, in Thailand, where he helped expand Kamalaya's diverse range of solutions, improving its digital reach and launching an online platform, Kamalaya Connect.

Previously, the native Australian managed the luxury brand strategy for Marriott International's brands, amongst them The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels as Vice President in the Asia Pacific. Prior to that Bruce held the same position with IHG, overseeing the InterContinental brand as well as the launch of the Hotel Indigo and Kimpton brands in Asia Pacific.

“Having led the original team that worked on the Kimpton brand's adaptation for Asia Pacific, I am thrilled to be back at the helm of the brand's first hotel in Australia. Sydney is my home city, and I am excited to join a team of amazing hospitality professionals delivering the brand's award-winning heartfelt hospitality. Like most Sydneysiders, I am also a self-professed foodie, so am equally as excited to be working alongside Sydney legend Luke Mangan, the name behind Kimpton Margot's restaurant and bars,” said Bruce.

Shantha de Silva, Head of Operations at Pro-invest Hotels said, “Bruce's appointment, alongside the bench strength of other talented team members we have ready to bring Kimpton Margot Sydney to life, will allow us to bring the Kimpton brand's renowned heartfelt hospitality to Sydney and we can't wait to see locals, interstate and international travellers interact within the space.

“Kimpton's impending opening comes at a time when the industry is well and truly roaring back to life, with vaccination rates at impressively high levels and quarantine-free travel allowed into NSW and Victoria, with other states soon to follow suit. The whole team at Pro-invest Group is so excited to be opening this landmark hotel in a few months time and thrilled to be giving Sydney a world-class, industry-defining boutique brand that the city can be proud of.”

Bruce will also act as the brand guardian for Pro-invest Group's growing luxury and lifestyle portfolio.

The Kimpton brand has been growing rapidly around the world over recent years, with 73 Kimpton Hotels now open globally and 32 in the pipeline. Australia is the newest market for the brand, continuing the recent growth trajectory with hotels opening around the world.

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