Seasoned hotelier Krister Svensson has been appointed general manager at W Melbourne and Marriott’s multi property vice president, luxury hotels Australia.
In the newly created dual role, Svensson will oversee operations at W Melbourne whilst leading all Marriott’s luxury general managers in Australia including the The Ritz-Carlton and W Hotel brands.
“I look forward to finessing the operations at W Melbourne establishing the hotel as a benchmark for our other luxury hotels,” he said.
“Marriott International are masters of luxury. We are the global leaders because of our commitment to improving our standards, and our excellent custodianship of the brands we have, from The Ritz-Carlton to W Hotels.
“Our focus will be on maintaining our strong collection of core luxury hotels to ensure that our 190 million global Marriott Bonvoy Members are able to go anywhere in the world and have a consistent luxury experience.”
The appointment coincides with a focus on luxury expansion for Marriott, particularly in the Asia Pacific. The region accounts for a third of Marriott International’s luxury hotels and over half of Marriott’s global pipeline.
“We congratulate Krister Svensson on his appointment and have the utmost trust in his ability to lead our team of Associates at W Melbourne and across our Australian luxury portfolio,” said Sean Hunt, Marriott’s Area Vice President – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific.
“Luxury hotels drive our highest profit margins and account for a significant portion of our group revenue, and as such are a major component of our expansion strategy.”