April 12 2021

The Star Gold Coast has made a major new appointment, bringing Mark Hodge onboard as General Manager for Hotels and Residences as the Broadbeach hotel and entertainment precinct continues to undergo significant transformation.

Hodge is a current Board Member and Director of Destination Gold Coast and the Chairman of the Accommodation Association of Australia’s Queensland State Advisory Board and has over three decades of industry experience.

In his most recent role with Accor’s Apartments and Leases portfolio, he managed around 5,000 team members across 140 properties throughout Australia and the broader Pacific, including New Zealand and Hawaii.

“The Star Gold Coast has undergone a stunning makeover and still has an incredible pipeline of tourism and hospitality infrastructure coming, and at a size and quality that we have seen globally in places like Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, but never before on the Gold Coast,” said Hodge.

“The transformation so far is already adding significant value to our city, with the current and future works showing that The Star and its partners are committed to reinventing the coast; not just relying on its natural assets to attract locals and visitors.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is proof that times can be tough so one of my first priorities will look at building on the existing hotels’ passionate, united, and driven teams – where the glue is strong and where relationships with all stakeholders, including residential owners and visitors, are going to be key.”

Joining two existing accommodation offerings, The Star Grand and The Darling, The Star Gold Coast will debut a $400 million hotel and apartment tower within a year and has another tower in the works for 2024. The move will see the complex welcome longer term residents for the first time. Under the brand’s $2 billion masterplan for Broadbeach Island, there is potential for another three towers.