Introducing Brian Gardiner as Machaca Hill's new General Manager
PRESS RELEASE - 2008
Punta Gorda, Belize (September 3, 2008) - Brian Gardiner has recently packed up more than 20 years of eco-luxury hospitality experience in Africa and made his new home at Belize's Machaca Hill. Born in Zimbabwe, Gardiner worked throughout South and East Africa managing safari companies, including Abercrombie & Kent, focusing in luxury environmental escapes. With his bags recently unpacked, his passion for nature conservation and eco tourism is already showing at Machaca, which has always specialized in environmentally-friendly vacations while creating experience after memorable experience for guests.
"Gardiner is a visionary who has successfully managed, directed and coordinated award-winning luxury safari experiences," said Rich Zermani, of the parent company Outpost International. "Gardiner has an understanding of luxury hospitality and eco-tourism paired with a strategic mindset. Under his supervision, luxury lodges have been recognized internationally by notable publications including Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. We plan on making Machaca Hill a premier eco-destination resort unlike anything else in Central America or the Caribbean."
Starting immediately, Machaca Hill will undergo significant upgrades and improvements. "Over the next 15 months, the level of luxury, cuisine, service and tour guide offerings will skyrocket," promises Gardiner. A soft opening will take place in January 2009 and the resort's grand re-opening, with all the upgrades in place, will be in November 2009.
Keeping a focus on sustainable tourism, Gardiner will handpick his staff from surrounding communities, training and equipping them to provide top-notch services and experiences. The new guide education program will certify local employees as local field experts on fauna, flora, astronomy, climate, geography and Belizean history.
Situated on the 11,000-acre private Laughing Falcon Reserve in Belize's Southern most Toledo District, Machaca Hill is an adventure getaway for active travelers looking for an eco-retreat; the lodge is comprised of just 12 luxurious tree houses, restaurant, bar and numerous tours and excursions. The lodge is located 10 minutes from Punta Gorda Town, which is one hour by plane from Belize City. For more information on Machaca Hill call (501) 722-0050 to reach the lodge directly.