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Rob Neil

Managing Director
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Rob Neil
Rob Neil

Rob Neil

Managing Director

Robert is a licenced builder, founding member of Safari and all-round industry juggernaut. Highly engaged and exceptionally detailed, Rob is largely responsible for the strategic direction of all aspects of the business. From acquisitions to sales, there is no part of Safari that Rob doesn’t enjoy and understand intimately. When he’s not in meetings (which is rare), he can be found at Pakuranga Rugby Club, where he holds the distinguished position of Chairman.

Ben Trotter

COO/CFO
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Ben Trotter
Ben Trotter

Ben Trotter

COO/CFO

Ben has over 10 years experience in finance & hotel management and is an active investor in the space - bringing a high level of experience to the Safari Hotels team.

With a passion for technology, guest experience and building successful teams, Ben is at the forefront when it comes to achieving productivity and efficiency gains through innovation. There is no project too large or complex when Ben is involved. 

Our hotels benefit greatly from Ben’s knowledge, his experience as an investor / owner and his ability to get projects off the ground.

Ben is both the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Safari Hotels. 

Richard Crouch

Director of Sales & Marketing
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Richard Crouch
Richard Crouch

Richard Crouch

Director of Sales & Marketing

Richard – or Rich to his mates - is an experienced and successful General Manager, Director of Sales, Commercial Manager and Key Account Manager with a strong background in travel, tourism and retail operations. For Over 30 years Rich has been actively involved in the Hospitality scene in both Australia and New Zealand, including 8 years running a boutique hotel in Queenstown. Dad to 2 daughters, Rich is a music and cricket tragic and has a healthy obsession with Chardonnay and Shiraz!

Greg & Pauline Ewen

General Managers
LQ Hotel Queenstown, Ramada Queenstown Central
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Greg & Pauline Ewen
Greg & Pauline Ewen

Greg & Pauline Ewen

General Managers
LQ Hotel Queenstown, Ramada Queenstown Central

Greg and Pauline Ewen have opened three Queenstown hotels for the group in the past four years with Ramada Remarkables Park, Ramada Queenstown Central and most recently, LQ Queenstown.

Between them they have 42 years industry experience and have worked in a variety of locations around the world that include North America and Australia for Greg and Aitutaki as a couple when they stepped away from hotels for a brief three and a half year stint to manage a luxury resort in the Cook Islands. 

Both are passionate professionals who thrive on building strong teams around them who are competent in delivering a great hospitality experience with excellent service.

James & Sharryn Buttler

General Managers
Ramada Christchurch
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James & Sharryn Buttler
James & Sharryn Buttler

James & Sharryn Buttler

General Managers
Ramada Christchurch

General Management Husband and Wife duo James & Sharryn Butler show outstanding commitment and dedication when it comes to accommodating their guests. 

With over a decade in the industry and operating all facets of accommodation in Christchurch, you are in very good hands when traveling to the Garden City.

Delivering the total guest experience is their passion!

Vibhor Ragtah

General Manager
Ramada Newmarket
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Vibhor Ragtah
Vibhor Ragtah

Vibhor Ragtah

General Manager
Ramada Newmarket

Vibhor is the General Manager for Ramada Hotel & Suites, Newmarket. He entered the hospitality industry in 2006 with his first job in an 800-room hotel in Central London, and went on to work for some major brands in England, India and New Zealand. With a career span now in excess of 15 years in hospitality, Vibhor recently joined Wyndham Hotels as the opening GM of the stunning new Ramada Hotel Newmarket. In a post covid world, Vibhor believes that ‘this is best time to stay & perform in the Hospitality Industry, as this Industry need its loyal servants more than ever.

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