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OUR STORY SO FAR…

Sharon Byrne and Amanda Thompson worked together for over seven years in Australia for an international luxury global chain. They share a passion for the hospitality industry complemented with a committed, dynamic work ethic and personal profiles that are “on brand” with the quality positioning of their clients. In senior Sales and Marketing roles they have been responsible for determining and directing sales and marketing strategy, delivering on annual business plans, achieving key performance targets, leading sales and marketing teams for pre-opening hotels and established hotels and the rebranding and positioning of hotels in Australia, United Kingdom, USA and the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2016 BTR Hotels (Byrne Thompson Hotels Representation and Resources) was launched to connect, engage and delight the Australian market with a carefully selected portfolio of international hotels, experiences and destinations.

THE BTR HOTELS TEAM

SHARON BYRNE
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A dynamic and highly accomplished senior sales and marketing executive and business leader with 23 years’ experience in global luxury and upscale hotels brands.  A proven track record in building brand awareness and customer loyalty in luxury and corporate travel agencies with strong management skills. Sharon’s passion and reputation is the “best in market” in Business Development, Negotiations, Relationship Management and Global Strategic Partnerships.

Sharon is passionate about her husband Russ and daughter Abbey, her hotels and clients. She is an outstanding networker and her industry colleagues have become valued friends. Sharon loves living beachside in Maroubra – starts the day with long beach walks, pumping iron and is outstanding at “socializing” and making time for everyone.

Sharon’s proudest achievements for the past 3 years is  The Mother’s Day Classic annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Her winning team – “Team Rosie”-sees 120 family and friends celebrating her mother, in The Mother’s Day Classic annual fun run raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

 

  • Founder and Director of BTR Hotels Pty Ltd – November 2016 – present
  • Director of Global Sales Australia and New Zealand and Global Director of Consortia Sales. Langham Hotels and Resorts 2004-2016
  • Global Director of Strategy – American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts and Virtuoso. Langham Hotels and Resort 2012-2016
  • Account Director Global Sales, Director of Sales and Marketing Crowne Plaza Coo gee Beach, Director National Sales Corporate and Travel Management. Intercontinental Hotel Group 1993-2003
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AMANDA THOMPSON
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A strategic and commercially astute, sales and marketing professional with over 25 years’ experience working with luxury Global Brands in Sales and Marketing leadership and Executive Management roles. Amanda started her industry career as a travel agency sales representative for tour wholesalers and airlines. However once she embarked on her first hotel role as opening Director of Sales and Marketing for Hyatt Coolum, Queensland she knew she had found her niche. The rest as they say is history. Amanda is a qualified Certificate 1V trainer and delivers Customer Service, Organizational Change and Sport and Recreation training for a range of hospitality and related clients.

Amanda regards herself as bicoastal having lived in Sydney for 13 years, returning to her home town of Melbourne in 2006. Has focused on achieving work/life balance, with golf, gym and surfing favourite pastimes. Highlight is summer –volunteering with Starfish Nippers ,educating and engaging young people with special needs at Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club, long beach walks and of course a vino at sunset.

  • Founder and Director of BTR Hotels Pty Ltd – November 2016 – present
  • Certificate IV Sport and Recreation Trainer. Commercial & Customer Service Trainer & Mentor. MSAC Institute of Training. (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment) May 2016 – Ongoing
  • Executive Assistant Manager Sales and Marketing. The Langham Melbourne 2007-2015
  • General Manager Sales and Marketing. The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne 2006-2007
  • Area Director of Marketing Pacific, Director of Sales and Marketing Sydney Sales Complex, & Regional Trainer. Starwood Hotels and Resorts 2000-2006
  • Director of Marketing Australia, Asia /Pacific opening and regional support team. Intercontinental Hotel Group, Sydney 1993-1999
  • Director of Sales and Marketing Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, opening Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyatt Coolum. Hyatt Hotels and Resorts 1988-1993
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