HALIFAX — New Castle Hotels and Resorts announced veteran hotelier Matthew Mackenzie has been named the general manager of the Westin Nova Scotian.
Mackenzie was previously the general manager of the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, N.B. and, prior to that, held leadership roles at hotels and resorts throughout the country, including The Banff Center, Sooke Harbour House, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.
“When it comes to creating memorable experiences for guests, Matt is second to none,” says Guido Kerpel, COO, New Castle Hotels and Resorts. “With the Westin’s recently completed renovation, we have a one-of-a-kind hotel that has no equal in the Maritimes. Matt is the perfect leader for the next phase in the life of this landmark hotel.”
During his tenure at the Algonquin, Mackenzie oversaw the renovation of the hotel’s world-class golf course, nearly doubled the hotel’s historic-high revenue mark and hosted Prime Minister Trudeau’s first cabinet meeting as well as a conference attended by all the nation’s premiers.
“The Westin’s renovation has thoroughly modernized the guest experience while retaining the historic feel for which it’s renowned,” says Mackenzie. “With a ‘like-new’ hotel and our tradition of providing exceptional service as a foundation, I look forward to elevating our levels of personalized service and recognition to set a new benchmark in Maritime hospitality.”