Kakadu Tourism Pty Ltd has appointed new General Managers for the Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Waters Lodge. Both hotels will join the Accor network from 1 April 2014.
Taking over as GM of the famed Crocodile Hotel, Daniel Lukritz brings to the position almost two decades of experience, including many years in remote and regional locations including the Kimberley, Ayers Rock and Norfolk Island. He has also previously worked in Kakadu, and for the past five years has been responsible for implementing hospitality training programs for Indigenous Australians.
“It is very exciting to be back in the Kakadu, with such a world-renowned hotel and in what I consider to be one of the most remarkable destinations in the world,” Daniel said.
“One of my favourite passions is fishing so I am looking forward to exploring the region further with my family, chasing the best sports fish in the world – the barramundi.
“There is great potential for developing Indigenous tourism and employment in the region and one of my principal aims will be to mentor young, up and coming hospitality professionals and provide them with the support and guidance to be successful in their careers. There is nothing more pleasing than seeing someone complete their Certificate in Hospitality and then graduate to a full time role in our industry.”
The new General Manager for Cooinda Waters is Vanessa Thomson, who after almost 20 years hospitality experience with the Zimbabwe Sun Group of hotels, came to Australia and has worked in a number of outback areas across the country including the remote World Heritage area of Shark Bay, Kalgoorlie and, for the past six years, Margaret River in Western Australia.
“I’ve had the good fortune of working in some spectacular destinations in the past, but Kakadu is undoubtedly one of the most amazing,” she said.
“Combined with the Yellow Waters Cruises and the Crocodile Hotel, we can offer visitors a complete Kakadu experience, and we look forward to welcoming an even greater number of tourists to the region from both overseas and locally, as there is really no other destination like Kakadu on earth, let alone in Australia.”