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Hotel News ian 3/20/2014

Meet Leo De Freitas from Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

At Rydges our teams are made up of many and varied people who have many and varied interests. We have Thai folk dancers, darts champions and fire jugglers. And who knows what they get up to outside work?! Our staff members work in all sorts of areas like reservations, food & beverage, sales & marketing, housekeeping, maintenance and even management. Some make decisions on advertising, some look after valet parking and some fold the toilet paper into that welcoming little triangle. And every person on staff has one thing in common – they are all important cogs in the Rydges wheel that goes round and round and round to make our guests our number one priority. We thought you might like to meet some of our people…

Leo De Freitas is a Senior Receptionist for Rydges Lakeland Resort. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leo has made Queenstown home for the last seven years, which has contributed to his vast knowledge of local attractions, activities & dining experiences.

Leo has experienced all of the major activity operators in the region and his passion is to share these experiences and motivate guests to some of the scenic, action & adrenaline activities that Queenstown is world famous for and create a genuine Kiwi experience and memorable stay.

We shot Leo a few questions… and he shot back a few answers... that's Leo third from the left in the footy photo...


Tell us, Leo, do you have any major likes and dislikes?

Leo from Rydges Lakeland Resort QueenstownI like sports football  (soccer) - it’s my favourite and I don't like to watch cricket, it is boring!!!

What is your 15 minutes of fame?

Winning the Futsal Master games 2014 (NZ champions).

What do you like to do on the weekend?

Go to church, catch up with friends and a friendly football game for sure.

What music do you listen to?

As Christian, I love gospel music (Lecrae, Israel Hougthon and Hillsong), that doesn’t stop me listening to other sectors of music, but the music has to have a message/meaning, examples : "Where is the love " by Black Eyed Peas, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams . 

What is the favourite part of your job?

Interacting with people from different parts of the world, learning a bit from them and sometimes surprising them by saying few words in their own language.

What’s your favourite part of the area?

Lake Wakatipu is my favourite part of Queenstown. Sometimes because of our everyday life we forgot to appreciate the "beauty".

Who is your celebrity look alike?

Some people say that I look like one of the Jonas Brothers, but I don't think so.

What are your career aspirations?

General Manager!

What is your greatest achievement?

National Champion of Futsal in New Zealand in 2008, South Island Champion 2009, 2010 and 2014 Masters Games Futsal Champion New Zealand.

Do you have a main goal in life?

Believe in God and NEVER GIVE UP!

What is your funniest joke?

"Do you know why God put Adam to sleep before creating Eve from his bones? Because that would be his last good sleep!!!"

What is your best/favourite move on the dance floor?

Belly dance! :-)

What is your karaoke song?

Ordinary People, by John Legend.