Back 27 Mar '24

The Star Brisbane’s hotel GM feeling grand

Rikesh Rajakulasingham, The Star Brisbane General Manager Hotels holds the key to The Star Grand – the dual tower tourism centrepiece of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct. In fact, he holds all 340 of them!

Mr Rajakulasingham has also commenced recruiting a further 350 front line hotel team members with roles available across front office, concierge, housekeeping, porters, uniform room, laundry operations, facilities cleaning and carpark operations.

This will be in addition to the current team at Treasury Hotel, which will continue operating during a period of transition.

A former engineer, Mr Rajakulasingham has amassed hands-on experience across every facet of hotels and resorts beginning his career with various roles in housekeeping before moving into reception, front office operations and working his way to senior leadership.

Mr Rajakulasingham was instrumental in taking The Darling to a Forbes five-star rating as Director of Hotels The Star Sydney, before making the move to the Sunshine State as Director of Hotels at Treasury Brisbane.

He has also worked across major international hotel chains and will bring over two decades of in-depth hospitality experience to Queensland’s newest and largest entertainment and leisure destination.

“I’m so proud to be able to draw on all my experiences and be part of the team bringing such a city-changing hotel to life,” he said.

“Building a five-star hotel from the ground up is a rare, once in a lifetime career opportunity.”

“With the help of our design team, we are doing everything from scratch – ordering soap dishes and clothes hangers to choosing bedding, sheets, bathrobes towels, hotel cutlery and crockery.”

“We’re even road-testing pillows to ensure they are neither too firm or too soft and making sure they are allergy free.”

“We’ve commissioned a local supplier for tailor-made microfibre bedding toppers, duvets and mattress protectors.”

“We have also designed custom-made room attendant trolleys and will soon begin measuring existing team members for their new uniforms.”

“I’m expecting to bump-in mattresses from June over three days as we work towards welcoming guests from August.”

“We are proud to be creating jobs and look to the future with confidence as the city counts down to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”



Photo credit: Scott Powick