After two years as general manager of Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands, de Jong has been appointed as general manager, or as the Radisson RED brand refers to the role as curator, of Rosebank’s newest lifestyle and business hotel. A highly accomplished hospitality professional, de Jong cut her teeth on prestigious global hotel brands. Now as she begins the role of curator, she will lead the hotel in building ties with the community and develop a vibrant team with on-the-ground local knowledge with the aim of illuminating the real urban energy of the area.
In 2003, de Jong first joined Radisson Hotel Group as the service manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, the group’s flagship hotel in Africa. Thereafter she joined The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay as an assistant front office manager, followed by eight years at the Southern Sun Cape Sun where she advanced from front office manager to rooms division manager.
Returning to Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in 2014, de Jong was drawn to the group’s efforts to support and advance female employees. Prior to being named general manager of Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands, de Jong worked for hotels in the CBD and surrounds in Cape Town.