GM named for world’s first voco hotel

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Brenden van Blerk as general manager of voco Gold Coast, the world’s first voco property.

The veteran has been part of the hospitality industry for more than 22 years. Van Blerk’s IHG journey began in 2013 as the room division manager at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport, before moving on to becoming the operations manager at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney.

He was then made general manager of the Holiday Inn Potts Point Sydney, before moving to voco Gold Coast in the same capacity.

Prior to joining IHG, Brenden spent 10 years in the US market working with brands like Hilton, Marriott and Starwood in a diverse array of hotel styles, markets and hotel phases such as opening, conversion and renovation.

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