General Manager appointed for new £30m Mercure Paignton Hotel

General Manager appointed for new £30m Mercure Paignton Hotel

With the Mercure Paignton opening today, the Accor Group has announced its appointment of Jason Parry as the new General Manager.

The latest addition to world leading brand Accor’s global portfolio of 5,300 franchised properties, the Mercure Paignton is a new seafront art-deco inspired hotel owned by Singapore-based Fragrance Group, franchised by the world class Accor group and operated by RBH Hospitality.

Jason brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and hotel industry to the new role, having previously held senior roles with the Grand Hotel and the Imperial Hotel in Torquay and the St Ives Harbour Hotel.  Prior to his latest appointment, he held the position of Senior General Manager for Devon with the Harbour Hotels Group, which he joined 13 years ago.

Jason says: “The Mercure Paignton hotel is a hugely exciting project for me, as it offers leisure and business guests and diners an experience like no other on the Riviera.

“I am delighted to be at the helm, as we work hard to grow our team, deliver a successful launch, provide a high quality guest experience and establish a strong presence in Torbay and the South West.”

Having worked across a range of operations, including negotiation, catering, budgeting and food and beverage, Jason has a demonstrated record of hotel management and negotiating strong sales. He also has close ties to the region, having lived in the area for many years and previously studied at South Devon College, where he acquired a Hotel Management Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management.

The Mercure Paignton and the Ibis Styles hotel, due to open on the seafront later this year, signifies an investment from the Fragrance Group in the local area of £30m.

Jason comments: “In addition to enhancing Paignton’s appeal for visitors from across the South West region and the UK, the hotels are set to deliver many benefits for the local economy, such as a boost for Riviera tourism and employment for local people.

“The Fragrance Group’s investment in the local economy demonstrates Executive Chairman and CEO Mr Koh’s confidence in the regional market and in Paignton, and the English Riviera, as a popular UK visitor and leisure destination.” 

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