Industry Update
Appointment 6 August 2015

Donnita Maher

Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing
At RYDGES South Bank in Brisbane, Australia

Donnita MaherDonnita Maher has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Rydges South Bank and Paige Smith has been appointed Conference and Events Sales Manager. Both bring considerable industry experience to their respective roles, and will work across Rydges Hotel, the award-winning Bacchus Restaurant and Soleil Pool Bar. One of the industry’s leading operators, Donnita Maher takes up the newly created role of Director of Sales and Marketing at Rydges South Bank, backed by a wealth of industry experience. She was worked with Brisbane’s leading five star properties, as well as the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and is well versed in the business of hotel management, and the conferencing and events sector. As the baton-bearer for one of the city’s leading hotels, and certainly one preferred by visiting stars from all walks of life, Donnita has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, from Prime Ministers to Pavarotti, celebrity chefs to Muhammad Ali and Queensland’s winning State of Origin team. She commenced with the hotel in February of this year, managing a 10-person team across both Sales and Conferencing & Events and is responsible for business development and sales strategy, special events, marketing and communications.

EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment

Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (formerly Amalgamated Holdings Limited) is a proud Australian company with over 100 years of operation and an amazing example of how one entrepreneurial company parlayed its passion for the silver screen and its expertise in exhibition into various areas of entertainment, hospitality and leisure.
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Callum Kennedy - Area General Manager

22 February 2018 — After completing a successful $30 million all-room upgrade including the creation of stunning new spaces and experiences at Rydges South Bank in Brisbane, a project which has won both awards and applause nationally, hotel General Manager Callum Kennedy has been appointed to the position of Area General Manager.
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