New Hilton unveiled by AAoA’s latest big-name recruit

Heidi Kunkel, Hilton Hotels’ vice president of operations for Australasia, has had a busy week.

Not only has she been named the newest member of the Accommodation Association of Australia’s national board, but she has also unveiled plans for a major new Hilton in Melbourne.

Hilton Melbourne Square will be a 600-room Southbank property managed under the iconic brand and due for completion in early 2023.

The new-build is part of a $2.8 billion mixed-use development encompassing homes, offices, shops and open parkland close to the Docklands and CBD.

It features an executive lounge, four restaurants and bars (including a rooftop bar), a fitness centre, an indoor pool and extensive meeting and event spaces totalling over 2,800sqm – including two ballrooms.

Speaking of the new development, she said: “Having recently signed Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, we are thrilled to have now signed another Hilton Hotels & Resorts property with Hilton Melbourne Square, this time a major meetings and events property.”

Ms Kunkel is responsible for the overall performance of the Hilton portfolio across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and is described by the AAoA as a “results-driven hospitality and tourism expert” with more than 20 years’ experience in the business.

“I was delighted to be invited to join the AAoA National Board as I see the association taking the leading role in growing our industry, which provides employment and career opportunities for thousands of Australians nationwide,” she said.

“I look forward to achieving results together to support our growing industry.

“Being able to add my experience and advocacy together with the other board members, I am confident we will work towards ensuring a strong trajectory into the future.”

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