Rosewood appoints new managing director of property in Vancouver, B.C.

DALLAS, TX – Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has appointed Steve Halliday as Managing Director of Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, which is scheduled to open in early 2011. The hotel, currently undergoing a full restoration, originally opened in 1927 and was and will be again Vancouver’s most elegant and historic hotel. Mr. Halliday will oversee all areas of the hotel, which is being developed by Hotel Georgia Development Ltd, which is part of the Delta Group.

With four decades of experience and success in the management of luxury hotel operations, Halliday joins Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following his most recent position as founder and president of Halliday Hospitality Group, which worked directly with Pan Pacific Hotels Group to develop new hotels for the company. Prior to that, he spent 26 years in senior positions within Pan Pacific Hotels Group, most notably as Vice President and General Manager of Pan Pacific Vancouver for more than 10 years, first opening the hotel in 1986 for the World’s Fair. Now, Halliday will manage Rosewood’s newest addition and second Canadian property to its already outstanding collection of notable properties.

“Rosewood is committed to creating world renowned hotels and resorts, and we are pleased to have such a distinguished industry veteran open this spectacular property,” said Bob Boulogne, Chief Operating Officer of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “His years of experience and wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry is well suited to lead efforts at Rosewood Hotel Georgia.”

“I’m thrilled to join Rosewood,” Halliday said. “I appreciate the tradition of this company, the exceptional service and outstanding properties Rosewood is known for. Rosewood Hotel Georgia will be the finest hotel in British Columbia, if not all of Canada. I’m quite excited about the opportunity.”

We are thrilled that Steve Halliday, a well established leader in hospitality in Vancouver, is joining the Rosewood Hotel Georgia team,” said Ken Bowden, Senior Vice President, Hotel Georgia Development, Ltd. “Steve's attachment to Vancouver and history in the city will be a tremendous asset to Rosewood Hotel Georgia."

First opened in 1927, the Hotel Georgia came to be known as Vancouver’s most historic and elegant hotel. The Georgian Revival structure welcomed the who’s who of the entertainment world, including Elvis Presley, Nat “King” Cole, Katherine Hepburn and British Royalty. It was once and will be again, the premier destination for those seeking the ultimate in hotel accommodation. Now known as Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the property will feature 154 guest rooms, including large suites, and a separate 48-story residential tower to be completed in 2012. The hotel will also feature Sense, A Rosewood Spa™, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, a nightclub and Hawksworth Restaurant.

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