Hilton Sydney has welcomed the appointment of Michael Bourne as its new general manager.
Bourne replaces Paul Hutton, who after an incredibly successful two and a half years at Hilton Sydney, is relocating with his family to Hong Kong as regional general manager, Hilton China South.
In a “dream” move for Bourne, relocation to Sydney brings his family back to their hometown, following three years living in Melbourne where Bourne was opening general manager of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.
Michael has over 20 years experience in the hotel industry, beginning his career at the iconic Newport Arms Hotel in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This was the catalyst for Michael to want to learn about larger hotels and he joined what was then the second largest hotel in Sydney, the Koala Oxford Square Hotel, as a porter. The hotel management soon recognised his flair for customer service and offered him a traineeship and helped him gain entry to study Hotel Management at the Ryde School of Hospitality. Michael moved on to have a successful career with Southern Pacific Hotels where, amongst other achievements, he headed up operations for the opening of the Sydney Airport Parkroyal, managed the Sails in the Desert Hotel (formerly Sheraton Ayres Rock) and was National Director of Sales and Marketing for Ayres Rock Resort.
Michael joined Hilton International in 2003 as general manager of the award-winning Hilton Melbourne Airport before moving on to manage Hilton Brisbane. In this time both hotels picked up two national Australian Hotel Association awards. Michael also held the role of Hilton’s Food and Beverage Coordinator, Australasia for four years.