Svensson to drive Marriott Intl’s luxury expansion in Australia

Experienced luxury GM to oversee W Melbourne in dual capacity

Marriott International has appointed Krister Svensson as General Manager at W Melbourne & Multi Property Vice President, Luxury Hotels Australia.

This newly created dual role will see Svensson oversee operations at W Melbourne whilst leading all luxury General Managers in Australia. Reporting to Sean Hunt, Area Vice President – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, Svensson will have oversight of luxury properties in Australia, including The Ritz-Carlton and W Hotel brands.

His appointment coincides with a focus on luxury expansion for Marriott, particularly in the Asia Pacific region where the luxury segment is intrinsic to operations. The region accounts for a third of Marriott International’s luxury hotels and over half of Marriott’s global pipeline.

Spectacular Studio Suite, W Melbourne

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A seasoned hotelier, Svensson brings more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry across the Middle East, Pacific and Asia, specialising in luxury hotels His career with Marriott International started in 2002 as a GM in Le Meridien Commodore Beirut and he has since led the hotel teams at The Westin Resort Guam, W Hong Kong, St. Regis Bangkok, W Singapore Sentosa Cove and most recently, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park where Krister has overseen all operations since 2019.

“We congratulate Krister Svensson on his appointment and have the utmost trust in his ability to lead our team of Associates at W Melbourne and across our Australian luxury portfolio,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific at Marriott International.

“Luxury hotels drive our highest profit margins and account for a significant portion of our group revenue, and as such are a major component of our expansion strategy,” Hunt added.

Krister Svensson as General Manager at W Melbourne & Multi Property Vice President, Luxury Hotels Australia
The St. Regis Gold Coast is slated to open in 2027

Svensson said he is looking forward to “finessing the operations at W Melbourne establishing the hotel as a benchmark for our other luxury hotels.”

“Melbourne enjoys a reputation as Australia’s food and culture capital, and W Melbourne’s four incredible dining outlets present an opportunity to even further elevate the excellent position we’ve been able to retain for the hotel. With Warabi’s continued critical acclaim, the development of culinary talent in Lollo, and Curious remaining on the lists of best bars in Australia, we’re well poised to become one of Melbourne’s biggest players in luxury hospitality,” Svensson said.

Svensson will also work closely with leaders across Marriott’s Australian hotels to continue driving Marriott’s legacy in luxury.

The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast - slated to open by 2026 | Source: Marriott International

“Marriott International are masters of luxury. We are the global leaders because of our commitment to improving our standards, and our excellent custodianship of the brands we have, from The Ritz-Carlton to W Hotels. Our focus will be on maintaining our strong collection of core luxury hotels to ensure that our 190 million global Marriott Bonvoy Members are able to go anywhere in the world and have a consistent luxury experience.”

Marriott currently operates nine luxury properties in Australia, most recently having opened W Sydney in October last year and The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne in March, with plans to expand the luxury portfolio with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Gold Coast and The St. Regis Gold Coast in 2026 and 2027 respectively.

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