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Senior appointments at new Exeter hotel

By sophia1980  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

Gary Huyton and Karen Ewing who join general manager Simon Fordham at the new Hampton by Hilton Exeter Airport hotel

Gary Huyton and Karen Ewing who join general manager Simon Fordham at the new Hampton by Hilton Exeter Airport hotel

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Hampton by Hilton Exeter International Airport has appointed two senior managers ahead of its opening in May.

Gary Huyton will take on the combined role of Guest Services Manager and Operations Manager and Karen Ewing joins the team as Sales Manager.

Located next to Exeter Airport the new hotel includes an 85-seat Marco Pierre White branded restaurant and the exclusive partnership with Flybe and its internationally renowned training academy provides access to some of the region's best conference and meeting facilities.

Operated by Sanguine Hospitality Limited, Hampton by Hilton Exeter International Airport will be the 11th hotel to be launched under the Hampton brand in the UK. The new appointments are central to General Manager Simon Fordham's mission to turn the 120-bed hotel and restaurant into one of the leading venues in Exeter.

Simon Fordham, general manager at Hampton by Hilton Exeter International Airport, said, "Gary and Karen both have extensive experience in the hospitality sector and will play a key role in the launch, ensuring our guests are given the quality service they expect. They have worked for many years delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction with some of the top names in global travel we are very fortunate to have them on board."

With an 18-year career spanning management roles in the UK and overseas, Gary brings an in depth knowledge of the industry and valuable expertise.

His previous assignments have included terms with First Choice Holidays, Island Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, the Saudi Arabian government and, most recently, the Disney Corporation.

Karen's responsibility will focus on promoting the new hotel as well as the Flybe Training Academy, which is located next door to the hotel.

With 25 years' experience in the hospitality sector, Karen previously worked for Dorchester Collection's luxury country house and spa at Coworth Park. She was also director of sales and marketing at Brocket Hall International in Hertfordshire.

Karen said, "This is a fantastic new development. The area is enjoying a considerable amount of investment, which is going to open up the area further for both business and leisure. Our relationship with the Flybe training academy will also generate numerous career opportunities attracting more people to Exeter and we can't wait to open."

Close to junction 29 of the M5 motorway, the building of this new hotel is the latest in a series of investments that has seen the east of Exeter enjoy a period of significant economic growth including the opening of the new Flybe training academy and infrastructure work at Growth Point around junction 29 of the M5.

Offering quality service and a range of amenities the 120-bedroom hotel will meet the needs of every guest, whether they stay for business or pleasure.

This includes free high-speed internet access throughout, free hot breakfast, 24-hour snack area featuring light dishes, full bar, as well as Hampton by Hilton's 100% satisfaction guarantee. Hampton by Hilton also participates in Hilton HHonors, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles for the same stay and No Blackout Dates to redeem rewards.

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