Key appointments: QT, The Langham, InterContinental


Michael Stamboulidis has been appointed managing director of the new QT Newcastle, which opens on Thursday.

Stamboulidis spent over nine years working with the Merivale Hotel Group before joining QT, where he started as Food and Beverage Manager at QT Melbourne. He said he was in tune with QT’s approach to customer experience and aspired to become a general manager.

Also at QT Newcastle, Emma McAlary has been appointed Director of Catering. McAlary brings over 15 years of experience in the Melbourne hospitality scene, during which time she ran Melbourne’s first hat pizzeria, Ladro, and studied wine at Hell of the North.

Meanwhile, Natalie McAlary has been appointed Bar Manager at the hotel which houses Newcastle’s tallest open-air rooftop, Rooftop at QT. McAlary grew up in New Zealand, beginning his hospitality career at Sky City’s Orbit restaurant before moving to The Grove restaurant in Auckland. In Melbourne, she ran The Stokehouse, The Atlantic, Longrain and Longsong, before joining QT Melbourne in 2020.

Markus Aklin, Langham Hotel Group

Langham appoints development manager for Asia-Pacific

Langham Hospitality Group has appointed Markus Aklin as Vice President – Development, Asia Pacific as it seeks to accelerate growth in the region.

Aklin’s appointment follows the successful opening of The Langham, Jakarta, with The Langham, Gold Coast due to open later this month.

“Southeast Asia and the Pacific are important regional markets where we can strengthen our footprint and build stronger relationships with owners and investors who will benefit from a global owner-operator like Langham Hospitality Group,” said said Brett Butcher, CEO of Langham Hospitality Group. said.

“Markus is a highly respected development professional in Asia Pacific with an outstanding track record. He will be invaluable in growing our brands with developers and owners in the region.”

For more than 10 years, Aklin led Asia-Pacific development for Onyx Hospitality Group as Director of Development and Vice President of Business Development.

He moved to Hong Kong from Bangkok to take up this position.

New chef for the InterContinental Hayman Island

Paul Lewis, InterContinental Hayman Island

The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort has welcomed Paul Lewis as Executive Chef. Coming from Elements of Byron Resort, where he served as Executive Chef, Lewis previously worked for IHG as Opening Executive Sous Chef at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam.

Throughout his career, Lewis has led teams at 5-star properties such as W Retreat and Spa Maldives, Le Meridien Bali and Crown Hotels in Melbourne.

He received the Australian Good Food Guide’s prestigious Two-Hat Award in 2021 and has been a guest chef for the Australian Government in Australia and overseas for numerous State Dinners.

“Paul has not only created innovative cuisine at a number of high-profile luxury resorts around the world, but has also built incredible culinary partnerships with Australia’s best local wineries and producers,” said Arpad Romandy, general manager of the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort.

“Paul also brings his experience of working on large, high-profile events in Australia and overseas – cooking for politicians and international identities, so we are delighted to have him lead and inspire our culinary teams at the InterContinental. Hayman Island.”


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