Wayne is Senior Partner – Operations and became a part of the elite team at Cycas Hospitality in 2008. His rich and varied experience before this included launching the first five-star property for extended stay company Bridgestreet Worldwide and working for St Martins Lane Hotel, as well as for Park Plaza Hotels in the UK and Cresta Hotels in Botswana and his native Zimbabwe.
Since joining Cycas he has been responsible for delivering excellent performance throughout the portfolio. In his initial role as General Manager he worked with Cycas and IHG to launch Staybridge Suites in Europe. He managed the opening of Staybridge Suites Liverpool (June 2008) before moving on to the prestigious task of opening our first double-decker hotel – a Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn development in Stratford City – to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics.
His results speak for themselves; in 2013, Staybridge Suites London Stratford was awarded 10th best UK hotel in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. He was also named IHG General Manager of the Year in 2011 and again in 2013.
As the senior Cycas extended-stay hotel specialist, Wayne was charged with overseeing the opening of Staybridge Suites London – Vauxhall, our second extended-stay property in London (2015), and the openings of two Residence Inn by Marriott properties in London, which included the brand’s biggest hotel in Europe (Residence Inn London Kensington – 2018). Needless to say, all openings were a huge success and Marriott named Residence Inn London Bridge – the first Residence Inn in the UK capital – its best new hotel opening in Europe for 2017. Pretty good going for our very first property together.