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Waikato Business News August/September 2023

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Nick Juett has had<br />

an exceptional career<br />

in hospitality<br />

Find out about what brought him<br />

to the <strong>Waikato</strong> to manage JetPark<br />

Hamilton Airport Hotel.<br />

Q Tell us a bit about yourself<br />

& your experience?<br />

A Originally from the United<br />

Kingdom, I began my<br />

career at the Haven Hotel<br />

and worked my way up<br />

to general manager for<br />

the hotel. After I gained a<br />

wealth of knowledge, my<br />

passion for travel took<br />

me elsewhere and I have<br />

worked for many years<br />

as hotel manager in many<br />

countries including the<br />

Caribbean, the Philippines,<br />

Vietnam, Turkey, Italy,<br />

India, Fiji, and now New<br />

Zealand.<br />

Q What brought you<br />

to the <strong>Waikato</strong>?<br />

A I have a great love for travel<br />

and have been lucky to find a<br />

career that has let me travel<br />

to so many beautiful places<br />

in the world. New Zealand<br />

is a gorgeous country so,<br />

naturally, it was on the list<br />

of destinations for me. And<br />

of course, my wife is a Kiwi.<br />

Q What inspired you to<br />

pursue a career in hotel<br />

management?<br />

A I was inspired by a<br />

combination of personal<br />

interests and experiences.<br />

My interest with hotel<br />

management grew as I had<br />

the opportunity to travel<br />

and stay in different hotels.<br />

I observed the impact that<br />

a well-managed hotel<br />

can have on a traveller’s<br />

overall experience and<br />

learned that it’s not just<br />

about the accommodation,<br />

but creating a seamless,<br />

enjoyable experience.<br />

Q Why do you enjoy<br />

managing the JetPark<br />

Hamilton Airport Hotel?<br />

A I truly enjoy the day-to-day<br />

operations that come with<br />

running a hotel and have a<br />

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true commitment to guest<br />

satisfaction. The dynamic<br />

nature of the hotel industry<br />

creates new challenges and<br />

opportunities continuously<br />

and I love getting to meet<br />

so many people with such<br />

diverse backgrounds. My<br />

staff and their development<br />

are also a key component<br />

to what drives me and the<br />

promotion of the local area<br />

as a desirable and versatile<br />

destination is what makes<br />

working at JetPark<br />

Hamilton Airport Hotel so<br />

worthwhile.<br />

Q How does the hotel<br />

engage with and<br />

contribute to the local<br />

community?<br />

A JetPark Hotels are all<br />

about community, which<br />

is another reason it’s such<br />

a wonderful place to work.<br />

JetPark Hotels support the<br />

Make-A-Wish foundation,<br />

Animal Welfare Fellowship,<br />

Women’s Refuge, Dress for<br />

Success and more. On top<br />

of these charities the hotel<br />

group supports, JetPark<br />

Hamilton supports other<br />

community organisations<br />

such as the NZ Blood<br />

Services blood drive we are<br />

hosting this October.<br />

Q With the growing demand<br />

for responsible and<br />

green travel, are there<br />

any sustainability or ecofriendly<br />

practices your<br />

hotel has implemented?<br />

A JetPark Hotels and JetPark<br />

Hamilton Airport Hotel are<br />

doing our part to help keep<br />

our country green. Here<br />

at JetPark Hamilton, we<br />

have removed all single<br />

use products, made sure<br />

all our packaging is ecofriendly,<br />

use low energy<br />

lighting, eco-friendly metal<br />

pens, and we have glass<br />

milk bottles from Raglan’s<br />

Dreamview Creamery in<br />

every room. We are all for<br />

helping each travel reduce<br />

their carbon footprint.<br />

Q Can you share a<br />

memorable guest<br />

testimonial or feedback<br />

story?<br />

A Is it corny if I say there are<br />

too many? There’s many<br />

that stand out, so I guess<br />

I’ll talk to our most recent<br />

event here at the hotel. They<br />

wrote a beautiful thank you<br />

letter to the team as their<br />

event was a marvellous<br />

success.<br />

Q What is your vision for<br />

JetPark Hamilton and<br />

The Propeller Restaurant and Bar<br />

what would you like to<br />

see for the Hamilton<br />

property?<br />

A JetPark Hamilton Airport<br />

Hotel has so much to<br />

offer. I would love to see<br />

our conferencing sector<br />

gain even more traction<br />

including adding weddings<br />

to our register. We also<br />

have a wonderful bistro,<br />

Propeller Restaurant &<br />

Bar, and we are currently<br />

working on a new and<br />

innovative menu to satisfy<br />

all those traveling as<br />

well as be a lunch/dinner<br />

destination for the locals.<br />

The list goes on as there’s<br />

multiple ways this hotel<br />

can continue to grow and<br />

succeed.<br />

Q Anything else<br />

you’d like to add?<br />

A If you haven’t made it out to<br />

JetPark for a meal, a night’s<br />

stay or an event, I hope you<br />

keep us in mind and stop in<br />

to visit!<br />

Find out more about JetPark at<br />

jetparkhamilton.co.nz.

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