Branded Hotel Management has recruited the general manager of the Pullman Liverpool.
Neil Brailsford will be responsible for the daily running of the hotel, which forms part of ACC Liverpool’s new development Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
One of his key responsibilities will be the recruitment of the rest of the Pullman team. Neil is hoping to attract a wealth of experience from Liverpool as well as from the Accor portfolio of which the Pullman brand is a part.
Neil joins from the Mercure Southampton Hotel where he was general manager and has 20 years of experience in the hotel industry.
He said: “I am delighted to be involved in such an exciting project and look forward to both working and living in Liverpool. The completed hotel will be superb and my focus is to ensure the service we offer our guests is also of the highest quality."
The 216-bedroom Pullman hotel, taking bookings from January next year, will be integrated into Exhibition Centre Liverpool which will open in September. The expansion will double the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool, making it the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe. The new complex will link via a pedestrian bridge to ACC Liverpool, currently home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.
The hotel is the second Pullman brand hotel in the UK and the first UK Pullman to be newly built. It will be a contemporary, stylish hotel and will be a fitting addition the new ACC Liverpool. Pullman is a cosmopolitan, innovative and connected hotel brand for the executive traveller and has hotels and resorts in 24 countries, in the world’s key business and tourism destinations.
Garin Davies, group operations director of hotel operator Branded Hotel Management, said: “The Pullman Hotel will bring a new level of contemporary design and service to the Liverpool hotel scene and Neil's wealth of experience is ideal for this type of project, we welcome him to Liverpool."
Jonathan Sheard, SVP operations luxury, upscale and midscale brands, Accor UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Neil Brailsford and we look forward to the opening of what promises to be a stylish and vibrant hotel in the heart of this new development.”
Exhibition Centre Liverpool will be capable of hosting consumer and trade exhibitions; large national and international conferences; banqueting; concerts and sporting events. It will double the existing 7,125 sqm of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225 sqm of integrated and flexible event space.