The Blue Marlin has survived a devastating year for tourism and hospitality to celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, with newly-appointed General Manager Goodman Ncobeni at the helm.
“My appointment was certainly the strangest one of all my years in the hotel industry,” says Ncobeni. “I started my new job during lockdown, in a hotel with no guests and barely any staff. In retrospect, it was an amazing experience, as it gave me a chance to get to know my Management Team. In addition, during the hard lock-down, we all became essential workers, taking care of the property. As a Team we jumped into our overalls, helped with maintenance work and other projects…talk about a baptism of fire.”
After graduating in 2004 with a Diploma in Office Administration, from Damelin Management School he joined The Three Cities Hotel Group ‘Mentoring for Success’ Programme called “Star Fish” at the International Hotel School, where he completed several training programmes while working his way up the hospitality ladder. He received his Diploma in Hotel Management in 2019 from Intec and participated in the Hospitality Leadership Program at The University of Cape Town in 2019.
Ncobeni’s professional experience includes stints at Madikwe River Lodge, Riverside Hotel, and Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg, as well as four years at First Group’s Selborne Hotel & Spa on the South Coast, first as Deputy GM and then as GM. Goodman’s introduction to the Dream Hotels & Resorts Group came in 2018 as General Manager at the 4-star Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa in Northern KZN.
“I am excited by the challenges The Blue Marlin brings,” he says. “Firstly, I’m honoured to be leading this grand old lady into the next phase of her existence, as well as holding proud the legacy of the hotel for the legions of guests that have passed through her doors over the past 70 years.”