Hilton Worldwide have announced a change in leadership as Paul Hutton has today been named new vice president for operations in Australasia effective 16 February 2015.Currently Mr Hutton is working as the regional general manager for China South at Hilton Worldwide, however in his new role he will be responsible for the performance of the growing portfolio of Hilton Worldwide hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.Paul Hutton takes over from Ashley Spencer who is retiring from his highly successful 27-year career with Hilton Worldwide, having held senior leadership positions in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia.Hilton Worldwide president Asia Pacific Martin Rinck, said that Paul brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to his new role.“Paul recently celebrated 30 years of service with Hilton Worldwide and we are extremely pleased he will continue to build on his already successful career with Hilton Worldwide and bring his extensive hospitality experience to the strong growth region of Australasia,” Mr Rinck said.Paul began his career with Hilton Worldwide in 1984 at the Noga Hilton in Switzerland and then took on various roles at Hiltons in Australia, the UAE, and Egypt before being promoted to the role of general manager at Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest in 2000. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
The RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton on April 10, 1912. Scheduled to make a triumphant arrival in New York City, the ship never arrived at her destination, famously colliding with an iceberg and sinking. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives in the tragedy, which was one of the deadliest marine disasters of all time. Over a century later, the story of the Titanic still piques the curiosity of people from all over the globe, with some wealthy collectors willing to pay huge fees for artifacts and memorabilia from the doomed ship.The original RMS TitanicThe latest example of these historical items to fetch a huge fee at auction is a silver brandy flask. It was owned by one Edward Kent, a first-class passenger who sadly perished when the Titanic sank.As reported by the BBC, the flask’s original owner, a woman named Helen Churchill Candee, was also on board and gave the flask to Kent, stating “You stand a better chance of living than I.” As fate would have it, while Kent died, Churchill Candee was actually one of the survivors of the disaster.The flask is engraved with the original owner’s family motto — “Faithful but Unfortunate” — and was recovered along with Mr Kent’s body in the wake of the accident.As CNN reports, the flask was given to Mr Kent’s widow, who decided to return it to the Churchill Candee family. She wrote an accompanying later to explain what had happened and apologized for the “out of shape” nature of the flask.Photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge & SonThe flask was recently placed up for auction. It was described by appraisers at UK-based Henry Aldridge & Son, one of the leading auction houses for Titanic objects, as “one of the most powerful and emotive three-dimensional objects from the Titanic ever offered for auction”.Andrew Aldridge, the auctioneer in charge of the sale, examined the flask before the auction and estimated that it could raise between $80,000 and $100,000, with the power and significance of the item predicted to make it a big hit with auction-goers.Photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge & SonIn the end, the flask sold for just under $100,000 (£76,000), so Aldridge’s estimation was very accurate. Clearly, collectors are willing to pay top dollar for such prestigious and one-of-a-kind pieces.The sinking of the Titanic was a hugely significant moment in human history, being famously depicted in one of the most successful films of all time: James Cameron’s 1997 epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, which won an unprecedented total of 11 Academy Awards.Kate Winslet offers her hand to Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from the film ‘Titanic’, 1997. Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty ImagesCNN also reports that many bidders vied for the flask, including several international buyers placing bids online and over the phone. In the end, an anonymous private buyer from the United Kingdom won the lot.Other Titanic items sold alongside the flask included a lifeboat plaque, which went for roughly $59,000 (£45,000), and a sublime silk postcard, which fetched close to $50,000 (£38,000).Titanic Menu. Photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge & SonAs previously stated, there’s a lot of interest in Titanic memorabilia, with collectors willing to spend huge amounts on individual items retrieved from the sunken ship. Henry Aldridge & Son host two specialist Titanic-based auctions each year.Read another story from us: The Titanic Wreck was Discovered While Looking for Lost Nuclear SubmarinesThe item that sold for the highest price was a Wallace Hartley violin, which sold in 2013 for $1.4 million. It was believed that this violin was played by the on-board band who played in attempt to calm down the frantic passengers as the ship started to sink and it became clear that not everyone would be making it out alive.