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I"ve been lucky in my life, through my time working with Diageo — one of the largest beverage company in the world, allowed me to live and work in numerous countries, driving beverage market share. This time exposed me to various cultures, ways of doing things, opening my eyes to what can be achieved if you choose it to be. Bill and Imelda wanted to build a garden in Pokolbin. This is a diverse property, with Hotels, about 30 retail shops, banqueting, 80 acres of vineyards, numerous restaurants and eateries, the gardens themselves the largest commercial garden in the southern hemisphere, in my eyes is really a gift to Australia from the Roche Family. Following a terrible accident where I lost a very close friend I decided to re-evaluate my life and decide where to go next, back to US, or Canada or Europe or South Africa. After considerable thought, I settled on giving Newcastle a shot. I felt it was ready to fire, just needed a push. Luckily, I found a pub called Lambton Park Hotel.
Everybody who has ever met Will Creedon knows he's a big ideas kind of guy. The engaging Irishman was a main driving force behind the tourism industry in the Hunter. As the chairman of Tourism Hunter, he was a leading advocate to bring major events to the region and improved infrastructure. While he has stepped away from that role, he has not lost his passion for tourism. Rather, he's poured all of that energy into his business, as managing director of Alloggio, a holiday property management company that is going bigger every day. In February, Alloggio and PRDnationwide Port Stephens announced an alliance aimed at improving returns for property owners and increasing the scale and reach of the region in the holiday accommodation market. Creedon is quite clear about his company's role in the partnership: Alloggio doesn't sell residential property and does not manage permanent lettings of residential property. The new partnership has lifted the profile of Alloggio, which is headquartered in Nelson Bay at Port Stephens. Alloggio has two streams of business: management of hotel and motel properties, particularly rooms, and management of holiday home properties.
WHILE Port Stephens is enjoying a strong summer tourist season, the visual signs of drought and smoke from recent bushfires have affected "bottom lines" in other parts of the Hunter. Accommodation providers in Port Stephens recorded "high-to-very high" occupancy rates over Christmas and New Year, with bookings described as "good, if not better", than previous seasons. Port Stephens Council's holiday parks had an occupancy rate in the high 90 per cent during summer, but the Hunter Valley took a hit. Jessica Sullivan. Picture: Chris Elfes. Ms Sullivan said the concerts, while a great boost to the Hunter's economy, were unlikely to make up for the losses over the usually busy Christmas period. Domestic and international media coverage of the fires had "definitely" impacted consumer confidence to travel.