Officials of New Castle Hotels and Resorts have announced that Matthew Mackenzie, a veteran Canadian hotelier, has been named general manager of the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, N.B. Mackenzie was the general manager of the New Castle-operated Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa in Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
“The Algonquin is a magnificently renovated, landmark hotel that is a natural fit with Matthew’s passion for one-of-a-kind resorts and the experiences they offer,” said Gerry Chase, president and CEO of New Castle. “Under Matthew’s leadership, The Keltic Lodge carved out a unique niche among Canadian destination resorts, and I am confident that with his guidance, the Algonquin will fully blossom in its first full year of operation.”
“For a Canadian hotelier, it is a lifelong dream to guide a beloved hotel like the Algonquin,” said Mackenzie. “This hotel is poised for optimal performance with a $50 million renovation, the support of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and the tremendous esteem and affection of generations of Canadians. Even though it has 125 years of history behind it, I’m confident that its best days are ahead.”
A career hotelier, Mackenzie most recently was the general manager for conferences and hospitality at The Banff Center, the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator. Previously, he was general manager of the Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island and has held positions at some of Canada’s most beloved resorts and hotels, including Sooke Harbour House and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.