Marriott International appoints Peter Minatsis to open Le Méridien Melbourne


Marriott International today announced the appointment of Peter Minatsis as General Manager of Le Méridien Melbourne, scheduled to open in early 2023. Le Méridien, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, will debut in Melbourne with the bold mid-century modern design synonymous with the global brand – adding the 11th property to Marriott’s growing portfolio in Melbourne.

Peter moves to Le Méridien Melbourne after a five year tenure at Sheraton Melbourne where he took the hotel to new heights and navigated a challenging landscape for the industry over the past few years.

Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International, said, “I am delighted to welcome Peter Minatsis to lead the reintroduction of the distinctive Le Méridien premium brand to the Australian market. Peter is a very experienced hotelier with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results. His career at Marriott spans over 17 years and he has worked in various markets including Vancouver, Sydney, Fiji and most recently at Sheraton Melbourne. He will lead the Le Méridien team as we continue to consolidate our growing presence in the Melbourne market.

Peter began his hospitality career over 20 years ago at the Fairmont Hotel in his hometown of Vancouver. In 2005 Peter moved to Sydney and started at the iconic Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park. He then successfully opened the Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji, followed by a tenure at the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa before returning to Australia to take the helm of Sheraton Melbourne in 2017.

Peter Minatsis, General Manager of Le Méridien Melbourne, said, “Le Méridien is known for its timeless, chic design and has a Parisian “je ne sais quoi” that appeals to travelers looking to explore the world in style. Plus, it’s such a natural fit in Melbourne – a city known for fueling creativity through a vibrant arts, design and fashion culture,” said Peter Minatsis.

“I look forward to building a team that will further my vision of creating a destination for guests and associates that allows for imagination and discovery while respecting the history of the hotel location.”

In his new role, Peter will lead the Le Méridien Melbourne team as the hotel prepares to open in early 2023. The 235-room, 12-storey hotel in the heart of the city’s cultural hub will feature a restaurant, cafe, roof terrace and 210 m² of reception space. Catering to cosmopolitan and forward-thinking travellers, it will connect guests to nearby art galleries, boutiques and bistros.

Upon opening, Le Méridien Melbourne will join Marriott International’s growing portfolio in Australia, bringing the number of hotels in operation to 29, and their 11th hotel in Melbourne. Marriott International has opened four hotels in Melbourne since the start of 2020, including W Melbourne, Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands, Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff Gardens and AC by Marriott Melbourne Southbank.

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