The Crowne Plaza Queenstown has a new general manager with a remarkable backstory.

Scottish-born Stewart Manson first came to New Zealand 13 years ago as a traveller and stayed after falling in love with Queenstown. With plenty of hotel industry experience in his home country, he took up a position as front office supervisor at the Crowne Plaza in May 2006.

In 2011, Manson moved to Sydney, before becoming hotel manager at the Crowne Plaza Port Moresby from 2013 to 2017. Most recently, he worked as general manager of Lasseters Alice Springs, home to the 205-room Crowne Alice Springs as well as a convention centre and six food and beverage venues.

“I feel like I’ve come full circle with the move back to Queenstown and I can’t wait. I loved my time in the resort and I’ve only been back twice to play golf on its amazing courses," said Manson.

“I’m most looking forward to re-connecting with the property and some staff who are still there all these years later, enjoying outdoor activities such as trail running in the mountains, and going skiing and snowboarding with my family. I love Queenstown as a year-round tourist destination, it’s just one of those special places that draws you back.”

Stewart’s leadership style and experience was welcomed by IHG’s area general manager for New Zealand, Tim Pollock.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Stewart back to New Zealand and know that his wealth of experiences will add exceptional value to Crowne Plaza Queenstown,” said Pollock.

“Having worked with Stewart in Papua New Guinea I know he’ll be an excellent addition to the property. We wish him every success in his role.”