In his dual position as General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel in Sydney and Regional Manager for Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific, Peter Tudehope has the hospitality sector ingrained within him. He is responsible for the management of Radisson Blu as well as overseeing Carlson Rezidors properties throughout the region. He has extensive experience within the industry, previously managing the Regent Hotel and the Four Seasons. Working at these locations gave him great insight into hotel management as he ascended the Carlson Rezidor ladder.
With just three properties in Australia, one in Fiji, and one in Tahiti, Carlson Rezidors presence in the region is limited. We dont have a big brand presence, and were operating in a very mature market, Peter says. We have some very dominating, competitive brands in this marketplace, so its very difficult for the brand to be able to find the opportunity to grow. Certainly, thats the challenge we are finding, although there is a subtle change starting to occur both in Australia and in the Pacific. I do believe that the opportunities for growth in the future are very much there for Carlson as we move forward.
As regional manager for AsiaPacific, Peter travels regularly to ensure a high standard of quality across the region. I visit the two other Australian properties four or five times a year. I travel to Tahiti twice a year and Fiji three times a year. I have just taken on Japan as well, so thats just a new place and new area of responsibility, and Ill be going there three times a year as well. Its quite a bit of travel to be able to keep the region and keep the Carlson Rezidor standards in place to make sure that hotels are performing not only to the needs that Carlson as a brand wants delivered but also to the needs of what owners want from their properties as well.