Dual-branded hotel announces two senior appointments

dual-brandedTWO key appointments have been announced at Manchester’s dual-branded Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites.

They are Andrea Baron, who joins as sales manager of the Staybridge Suites from the Lowry Hotel, and Samantha Byrne, who becomes sales manager at the Crowne Plaza after working at the Holiday Inn near Piccadilly railway station.

The 328-bedroom property on Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor, the first dual-branded hotel under one roof in the north of England, will open to the public early next year.

Crowne Plaza guests are set to occupy the first 11-storeys and longer term Staybridge customers the upper eight floors.

Andrew Fletcher, general manager of the dual-branded hotel, said: “Samantha was heavily involved in the opening of Holiday Inn and has worked at The Malmaison, Hilton Manchester Deansgate and the National Football Museum, while Andrea boasts experience in serviced apartments, having been part of the SACO Piccadilly ApartHotel team.

“We feel they are the perfect fit for each brand and are delighted that they have come on board during what is a truly exciting period as we continue to near our opening date.”

Andrea said: “The double pack concept is truly unique to Manchester and I’m already enjoying being part of a growing team.

“I have worked in sales for 16 years, have both hotel and extended stay experience which is quite unusual and have previously worked with my now Director of Sales and Marketing Melanie Thompson.”

Samantha added: “Having opened the Holiday Inn in Manchester city centre not too long ago, another brand that is part of the IHG portfolio, I know just how brilliant it is to be heavily involved at this stage of the process.

“Crowne Plaza is my primary focus, but I’m also excited to work alongside Andrea and learn about the extended stay offering, market and industry.”

PICTURE: Andrea Baron (left) and Samantha Byrne

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