Mr Garth Solly (pictured) was recently appointed as group general manager across New Zealand’s three Relais & Chateaux properties – The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, and Matakauri Lodge. From his initial base at Kauri Cliffs, Garth will be responsible for the day to day management of the three luxury lodges. New Zealand born and bred, Garth returns home with his wife and young family after a range of international hotel postings in senior management positions with the InterContinental Hotel Group, most recently in Thailand (Pattaya) and India (Delhi and Cochin), and previously in Papua New Guinea.

The Destination Gippsland Board recently welcomed Mr Trent Fairweather to the team as managing director of the Star Hotel in Sale. Trent was recently appointed at the Destination Gippsland AGM and as part of this process he was also appointed the marketing committee chair position. Trent brings with him a solid hospitality and marketing background and has been a very proactive member/director of Wellington Regional Tourism and in the wider hospitality space with a regional representation role with the Australian Hotels Association.