November 10th 2021
Australia’s highly anticipated first Kimpton property, Kimpton Margot Sydney has announced that Bruce Ryde has joined the hotel as General Manager. Ridiculously personal experiences are a hallmark of every Kimpton hotel, and Bruce will be uniquely equipped to assist Kimpton Margot Sydney as it readies for a January opening.
A strategic and driven luxury business leader, Bruce Ryde has a long history of both operating hotels and leading global brands across the Asia Pacific. Most recently, Bruce worked with visionary owners John and Karina Stewart on their legendary holistic wellness brand, Kamalaya, in Thailand, where he helped expand Kamalaya’s diverse range of solutions, improving its digital reach and launching an online platform, Kamalaya Connect.
Previously, the native Australian managed the luxury brand strategy for Marriott International’s brands, amongst them The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels as Vice President in the Asia Pacific. Prior to that Bruce held the same position with IHG, overseeing the InterContinental brand as well as the launch of the Hotel Indigo and Kimpton brands in Asia Pacific.
“Having led the original team that worked on the Kimpton brand’s adaptation for Asia Pacific, I am thrilled to be back at the helm of the brand’s first hotel in Australia. Sydney is my home city, and I am excited to join a team of amazing hospitality professionals delivering the brand’s award winning heartfelt hospitality. Like most Sydneysiders, I am also a self professed foodie, so am equally as excited to be working alongside Sydney legend Luke Mangan, the name behind Kimpton Margot’s restaurant and bars,” said Bruce.
Shantha de Silva, Head of Operations at Pro-invest Hotels said, “Bruce’s appointment, alongside the bench strength of other talented team members we have ready to bring Kimpton Margot Sydney to life, will allow us to bring the Kimpton brand’s renowned heartfelt hospitality to Sydney and we can’t wait to see locals, interstate and international travellers interact within the space.
“Kimpton’s impending opening comes at a time when the industry is well and truly roaring back to life, with vaccination rates at impressively high levels and quarantine-free travel allowed into NSW and Victoria, with other states soon to follow suit. The whole team at Pro-invest Group is so excited to be opening this landmark hotel in a few months time and thrilled to be giving Sydney a world-class, industry-defining boutique brand that the city can be proud of.”
Bruce will also act as the brand guardian for Pro-invest Group’s growing luxury and lifestyle portfolio.
The Kimpton brand has been growing rapidly around the world over recent years, with 73 Kimpton Hotels now open globally and 32 in the pipeline. Australia is the newest market for the brand, continuing the recent growth trajectory with hotels opening around the world.
About Pro-invest Group
Pro-invest Group is a global asset manager and investment firm specialising in private equity real estate and real estate asset management. Established in 2010 Pro-invest has grown to become one of the largest hotel investment platforms in Asia Pacific, in addition to executing successful commercial real estate transactions.
Pro-invest’s unique integrated platform structure ensures full control of the entire value chain, allowing for effective sustainability management, risk mitigation and return optimisation – all underpinned by a commitment to protecting and generating value and delivering long-term success for all stakeholders.
With a commitment to sustainability, transparency and responsibility, Pro-invest is a global business
with local experts across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe.
About Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants: San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean, Asia and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal.
Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. As a result, Kimpton has been awarded, “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” by J.D. Power three times. In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.
About Kimpton® Restaurants: Kimpton manages over 80 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges across major metropolitan cities, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Greater China. Helmed by renowned chefs and skilled bartenders, each Kimpton restaurant and bar is an original, from the cuisine, to the craft cocktails, to the décor and ambiance — creating a truly immersive experience for guests. Set in warm and welcoming spaces, Kimpton’s restaurants and bars are a gathering place in the communities and reflect the local flavors of each location.