Daniel Fleming General Manager and Co-owner at King and Queen as well as Chair on the West End Precinct means he is a busy man. Always a welcoming smile and the ability to set anyone at ease he shares the vision for New Plymouth and is driven to continue to grow and develop New Plymouth.
Where were you born?
What is your role? Explain your day-to-day.
As the general manager of King & Queen Hotel I manage the day to day operations of the hotel whilst also spending time on strategy and growth. A normal day always starts with a coffee from one of our neighbouring businesses and then could be anything from assisting guests with check outs and reservations, to sales & marketing, revenue and finance. No day is ever the same in a hotel!
How long have you worked here?
8 years – and still love every day!
What do you love about working in the West End Precinct?
It’s a buzz of activity and fun. The people are awesome, the coffee incredible and the food amazing. I have to be careful not to over indulge – it’s tempting.
Are you a dog or cat person?
Dog definitely, they are so loyal and loving. Cats are selfish.
Things you love to hear from happy customers who have stayed at the King and Queen?
That they’ve loved the hotel, WEP and ultimately New Plymouth has exceeded their expectations. There is no greater reward – it’s our WHY to make people happy. We have a cool and very rewarding job!
What do you envision when you think of the West End Precinct and New Plymouth in 10 years time?
The hotel will have grown in size, but still be boutique. The WEP offering (restaurants, bars etc) will have doubled in size to give even more variety to our guests and locals. There will be epic luxury inner city living in the precinct. Ultimately that WEP becomes a must do on the New Zealand bucket list.
Best travel spot?
Whistler Canada – closely followed by London and New York.
If you were stranded on a deserted island what are three things you would take?
My wife, my dog and cold beer
It used to be the Wizard of Oz (when I was 5) but perhaps I’ve now matured to Home Alone.
I love autobiographies like Only 2 Seats Left (Contiki) and Without Reservations (Marriott story). I truly am a hotel geek!