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New manager aims to transform iconic hotel into market leader


THE Park Royal Hotel at Stretton has a new General Manager, Mark Illingworth, who aims to use his experience to transform the iconic hotel into a market leader.

Mark has 25 years’ experience which has seen him go from being a Director for Thomson Select, leading, managing and developing their specialist hospitality recruitment and consultancy agency, to managing major hotels across the country, including the Samlesbury Hotel, AccorHotels and more recently the Mercure Haydock Hotel.

During this time he has successfully executed strategic business, marketing and revenue growth plans that have led to developed hotel operations and enhanced guest experiences.

Mark, who was born and grew up in South Africa, said: “I have also developed marketing strategies, which have also achieved strategic and operational goals.

“I have now taken on a new challenging management position at The Park Royal Hotel, part of the Almarose hotels and resorts group. Bringing my wealth of experience in this role, I am excited to lead the iconic, well-respected hotel for a growing hospitality company. I look forward to taking this hotel to the next level and being part of the transformation project that will see a fresh rebrand and refurbish programme.”

Almarose Hotels have an exciting portfolio of hotels throughout the country.

Mark added: “I am very keen on joining this developing company and utilising my wealth of experience to transform this iconic hotel into a market leader in 2020.”


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