Surprise backer for UNWTO candidate

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Associations, News, People

BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: Travel trade media rarely endorses candidates vying for top level tourism appointments, but TravelIndex founder and director, Bernard Metzger, made an exception, Tuesday, by backing a candidate from the Seychelles to take over as the new secretary general of UNWTO.

Metzer heaped abundant praise on Alain St Ange, the candidate from the Seychelles, one of seven contesting the May elections to head the UNWTO. Other candidates hail from Armenia, Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, South Korea and Zimbabwe.

In his letter posted to a global readership of travel executives, Metzger said of the Seychelles hopeful, who has headed Seychelles tourism and held ministerial posts: “I am one of your greatest supporters and few in your position have achieved so much for world tourism.” Read more

Sabre names VP airlines

April 12, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 12 April 2017: Sabre Corporation has appointed Rakesh Narayanan vice president of supplier commerce, Asia Pacific, for Sabre Travel Network, its B2B travel marketplace business.

Reporting to Sabre Travel Network senior vice president of airline commerce, Chris Wilding, Narayanan will lead commercial activities serving Sabre’s Asia Pacific airline customers. Read more

Bali Dynasty Resort names GM

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, People, Trade Talk

TUBAN, BALI, 5 April 2017: Bali Dynasty Resort announced the appointment of Didit Indra Purnawarman as general manager effective 1 April.

Drawing from more than 27 years of experience in the hotel industry, Didit will be responsible for running the family resort and the overall, day-to-day operations.

Didit’s career at the Bali Dynasty Resort began in 2001 when he was appointed executive assistant manager before being promoted as the resort manager in 2014. Read more

BHMAsia beefs up management team

March 28, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 28 March 2017: BHMAsia, a hospitality company managing hotels mainly in Thailand announced Monday four three key appointments to support expansion.

The group has a portfolio of 10 X2 properties, two X 2 Vibe hotels and two Away properties.

It identifies 14 projects in the pipeline due to open by 2020. Read more

Centara Hat Yai names GM

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People, Thailand, Trade Talk

HAT YAI, 9 March 2017: Centara Hotels & Resorts has promoted and transferred Manoon Wutti, former resident manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection as general manager of Centara Hotel Hat Yai.

Assuming his new management role, 1 March, Manoon has over 30 years experience in the hospitality business.

He has worked in several hotel brands such as Evason Hua Hin, Melati Beach Resort & Spa Samui and Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa Chiangmai. Read more

Centara Mirage hires EAM F&B

March 3, 2017 by  
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PATTAYA, 3 March 2017: Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya has appointed Mario Mendis as executive assistant manager for F&B.

An Australian national, Mendis graduated from eCornell University, and has more than 10 years of experience in the food and beverage field.

He has worked for leading hotels including Habtoor Hotels Dubai, Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok and Amari Hua Hin. Read more

AccorHotels names digital head

February 28, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 28 February 2017: AccorHotels announces the appointment of Maud Bailly as chief digital officer, effective 3 April.

Bailly will head digital, distribution, sales, and Information systems, and will be a member of the company’s executive committee.

Bailly, 38 years old, was a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and prior to joining AccorHotels she worked in the French Prime Minister’s Office. Read more

Aviary Bintaro names GM

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, People, Trade Talk

JAKARTA, 28 February 2017: PT Sumampau Hotels and Resorts has hired hospitality professional, Didit Anthony, as the opening general manager of Aviary Bintaro, a newly built hotel and serviced apartment due to open this April.

Anthony has work experience with airlines, travel agencies and theme parks.

A specialists in sales and marketing with BW International (BW Hotels, formerly Aston), Prasanthi Hotels & Resorts, AccorHotels, and Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Read more

Thouvard moves to Samui

February 24, 2017 by  
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SAMUI, 24 February 2017: Centara Hotels & Resorts announced, Thursday, the appointment of Denis Thouvard as general manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Thailand.

Thouvard, a French national joined the Centara Hotels & Resorts team in 2009 as general manager for the opening of Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket.

He was subsequently promoted to the post of area general manager for Phuket in 2012, with additional responsibilities to oversee both Centara Villas Phuket and Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong. Read more

Dusit strengthens VP line up

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, People, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Dusit International named Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk as vice president sales, and Michael Leong as vice president marketing.

Their appointments were effective 15 February.

Tantiprasertsuk has worked for Dusit International since 2015 as general manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort. Read more

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