Tavistock Hospitality strengthens team at Roker Hotel after £1m rolling refurb

Roker Hotel

Tavistock Hospitality has strengthened the team at its hotel in the north east, following the successful completion of a £1m refurbishment.

The Roker Hotel in Sunderland recently unveiled its 43 new-look bedrooms, which mark the final stage of a phased three-year development programme at the property.

Now the hotel has appointed three new managers to drive the business forward.

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New general manager Ivan Holroyd will lead the 96-strong workforce and oversee the day-to-day operations of the seafront hotel.

He joins the Roker Hotel following a stint at the four-star Borrowdale Hotel at Keswick, where he increased hotel revenue by 25% and year round occupancy to 78%.

Also joining the Roker Hotel team are Lorella Movileanu – who will manage the on-site Italian Farmhouse restaurant – and Hayley Thomson, new manager of the Let There Be Crumbs tearoom.

The refurbishment of the bedrooms – which reflects the hotel’s seafront location, with a nautical inspired design – marks the end of a three year programme aimed at increasing the hotel’s appeal for families and corporate and leisure visitors from the region and beyond.

Mark Hird, managing director of Tavistock Hospitality, which owns a portfolio of hotels, bars and restaurants, said: “All three new managers bring with them a wealth of experience in their fields.

“I have no doubt that they will make an excellent contribution to our ever-expanding business.”

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