Who’s who at the Hilton

As we countdown the final weeks to the opening of the Hilton in Bournemouth, it’s time to meet the major players. I’m happy to announce that the lovely Cedric Horgnies has been officially named general manager; you may also like to get to know Calum Manekshaw, director of operations, and Rachel Smith, director of sales.

Horgnies, Manekshaw and Smith all live locally. Frenchman Horgnies is the perfect choice to helm the Hilton ship. He combines unflappable politeness with unrivalled experience – he has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, which has taken him around the globe from China to Madagascar, while providing pivotal support to more than 11 Hilton hotels.

Hilton Bournemouth Senior Team - jumpManekshaw joins Hilton with a similarly impressive repertoire. Maneksaw has progressed through the hospitality ranks at lightning speed, beginning as a professional mixologist to, his last role as the deputy hotel manager for food and beverage at Hilton Edinburgh.

Smith joins Manekshaw with 14 years of hospitality experience, having most recently been the simultaneous director of sales at four Holiday Inn Hotels on the south coast. While in this role, Smith generated the highest number of revenue opportunities for the group.

Horgnies said, “Bournemouth is a fantastic place to live for leisure, social and career opportunities, which makes Hilton the ideal addition to this vibrant town. If you look across the skyline, Bournemouth is peppered with cranes and construction – it’s such an exciting time to join Bournemouth as it really is flourishing. The team we are building here to launch the hotel will be pivotal to its success and I am delighted to lead this force. We have a superb mix of personality, skill and experience which, combined, I have no doubt will ensure the hotel launches to a flying start.”

“It has been a hugely exciting venture to be able to contribute to Bournemouth’s burgeoning hospitality and leisure offering,” said Smith. “This role as director of sales is a fantastic opportunity to utilise my knowledge of the local corporate market, my strong relationships with leisure industry contacts and an extensive network of business contacts. I am confident that with this team I can achieve the high expectations of the new hotel.”

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The four-star hotel promises to provide unique offerings and will showcase spectacular views over Bournemouth, as well as an eforea spa, celebrity restaurant, LEVEL8IGHT Sky Bar and conference and banqueting facilities for up to 330 people in the ballroom.



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