April 7, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Following his sudden departure from Adelaide Convention Centre after almost a decade, including four years at the helm as general manager, Simon Burgess started a new role as General Manager of the National Wine Centre of Australia just down the road from the convention centre this week.

“Looking forward to a fresh challenge and all that lies ahead in this prestigious venue,” Burgess wrote on LinkedIn in celebration of his new role.

The National Wine Centre has a significant events offering, with small and large spaces for between 10 and 1,500 delegates.

Meanwhile at Ovolo Hotels, Dave Baswal has been promoted to CEO of the boutique brand, from his previous position overseeing its presence in Australia and New Zealand.

Baswal, based in Brisbane, is taking over the top job from Ovolo’s founder Girish Jhunjhnuwala who will remain as Executive Chairman.

“Dave Baswal personifies the very best of Ovolo – someone with the passion to constantly improve the guest experience; the creativity to innovate new services; and the business acumen to deliver strong performance,” said Jhunjhnuwala.

“Most importantly, he shares the same people-centric ethos that is at the very heart of Ovolo, delivering happiness to our guests, our teams, and our stakeholders.

“I am excited that his promotion will allow me to direct my energy into finding new opportunities to take the Ovolo experience to more travellers globally.

“I started my journey in real estate 20 years ago and launched Ovolo Hotels in 2010, and this is the perfect time to evolve the group under a reinvigorated leadership.

“Dave has the trust of myself and our stakeholders, and his promotion will create new opportunities for the rest of our team. I am excited for what the future holds.”

Baswal has been with Ovolo for six years and previously worked for Mantra Group.

“Girish has been such an inspiration to me, and all our team members and he remains the heart and soul of Ovolo. He has a created a brand that deeply resonates with today’s travellers and that inspires our team to deliver exceptional service every day,” said Baswal.

“I am honoured to lead this amazing group and to take Ovolo into its next phase at a time of enormous opportunity.”