After opening two hotels in Bangkok for Hilton, and after a four-year run in Southeast Asia, hotelier Christopher Ehmann is relocating to New Zealand’s South Island where he’ll take charge of the three-year-old Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa as general manager.
With more than two decades of hospitality management experience in Europe, the Middle East and Australia, the Vancouver native most recently launched the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok and DoubleTree by Hilton, Sukhumvit Bangkok. Ehmann started with Hilton in 1998.
In his new position he’ll guide the operations of one of Queenstown’s newest luxury accommodation options. The hotel opened in 2011, and features 220 rooms and suites.
“We’ve already won a reputation as New Zealand’s top ski hotel,” said Ehmann in a written release. “And really, that’s only the tip of the iceberg for Queenstown, no pun intended. As an all-season destination for outdoor activities, I can’t think of a more up-and-coming destination anywhere in the world.”
The alpine-style retreat is located within Kawarau Village, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and at the foothills of The Remarkables mountain range. It offers easy access for Queenstown’s many outdoor activities, from world-class golfing to bungee jumping to winter sports. The resort is just minutes from a number of award-winning wineries, and guests can follow hiking and cycling trails that pass directly in front of the property.