James Cavanagh has been appointed general manager of
Eichardt's Private Hotel, replacing Chris McIntosh, who has
taken up a new position as Blackstone Hospitality group general
manager in Auckland.
Mr Cavanagh, originally from Auckland, has more than 15
years' experience in premium and luxury hotels, having worked
in Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
Most recently he worked for Rydges Hotels and Resorts Group
as Rydges North Melbourne general manager and has also been
Windsor Hotel and Grand Chancellor Hotel business development
manager in Melbourne.
"I'm very much looking forward to working with the great team
at Eichardt's," he said.
"Not only is Queenstown an iconic national and international
tourist destination, but Eichardt's is an iconic luxury
The move to Queenstown would be a "complete lifestyle change"
for himself, his wife Jo and daughters Phoebe (7) and
Scarlett (3) and he hoped to dig out his rugby boots and "do
some training with the Wakatipu team".
Eichardt's owners, Andrew and Sarah Cox, said they were
"extremely pleased" with Mr Cavanagh's appointment, and
wished Mr McIntosh well.
"We very much appreciate all that Chris has achieved at
Eichardt's, particularly in his contribution to putting
Eichardt's on a sustainable growth path," Mr Cox said.
Mr Cavanagh began his new role on Monday.