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

Waite moves to IHG Sydney

February 22, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 22 February 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group announced, Tuesday, the appointment of Chris Waite as director of communications, Australasia and Japan.

The former head of communications for Amadeus Asia Pacific office in Bangkok is responsible for leading the communications function for IHG and its core brands.

They include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and EVEN Hotels. Read more

Compass appoints Hua Hin GM

February 16, 2017 by  
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HUA HIN, 16 February 2017: International hotel group, Compass Hospitality, has appointed veteran hotelier, Nigel Tovey, as general manager of Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa, a newly built luxury beachfront property and the group’s first Ananda branded five-star flagship resort scheduled to open this April.

Tovey has over 35 years experience in the hotel business, with the past 25 years in Thailand working with international chains and independent brands.

Tovey noted: “There are three very clearly defined sections to the resort – starting with what will be Hua Hin’s largest hotel ballroom, a water-focused family resort area, and private luxury pool villas leading down to the beach.” Read more

Destination Asia Thailand names new GM

February 2, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 2 February 2017: Destination Asia Thailand promoted Philip Wigglesworth to the post of general manager, effective 1 February.

He joined Destination Asia Thailand in 2011 as product and contracting manager and most recently worked as business development director.

Having worked with some of the UK’s leading tour operators before moving to Thailand in 1996, he has a solid understanding of the Thai travel business environment and overseas market activities. Read more

Sabre strengthens hospitality team

January 16, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 16 January 2017: Sabre Corporation announced the appointment of Frank Trampert as managing director and chief commercial officer for its hospitality business in Asia Pacific.

In this role, Trampert will lead Sabre’s hospitality business in Asia Pacific, with responsibility for its financial performance, customer engagement and overall growth across the region.

He has a strong background in both hospitality operations and technology in Asia Pacific including leadership positions with Wyndham Hotel Group in Hong Kong, Carlson Hotels across four continents, Brand Karma in Singapore, and most recently as the CEO for Tune Hotel Group in Malaysia. Read more

Diethelm creates new posts

January 12, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 12 January 2017: Diethelm Travel Asia has hired executives for two new positions as it attempts to regain its international reach.

Dietmar Schulz has been named sales manager continental Europe and Stephen Marshall sales director for North America.

Schulz has worked for Qantas Holidays, AOT Group, ATS Pacific and FTI Group, a German tour operator. He will work for Diethlem Travel from his Munich base. Read more

Zenith wins STB media account

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 January 2017: Singapore Tourism Board has appointed Zenith as its new global media agency.

The appointment was based on an open Request for Proposal (RFP) for a global media planning and buying agency last October.

Incumbent media agency MEC’s contract will end this March. Read more

STB makes board changes

January 9, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 9 January 2017: Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) confirmed recently several board changes at the Singapore Tourism Board, including the appointment of a new chairman.

Chaly Mah Chee Kheong, former chief executive officer of Deloitte Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia and former chairman of Deloitte Singapore, took over from Chew Choon Seng as chairman of STB, 1 January.

Chew stepped down after completing a six-year tenure. Read more

Marina project appoints Chris Bailey CEO

January 6, 2017 by  
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PHUKET, 6 January 2017: Former top executive of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Chris Bailey, has joined Royal Phuket Marina in the new role of chief executive officer, effective 3 January.

He was a leading member of Centara Hotels & Resorts’ management team for more than 12 years, most recently as its chief operating officer.

During his time with Centara he grew the group’s hotel portfolio from eight properties to more than 70, and will now spearhead the drive to develop Royal Phuket Marina’s hospitality offerings and destination status. Read more

ParkRoyal hires Benny Chung

December 9, 2016 by  
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SINGAPORE, 9 December 2016: Pan Pacific Hotels Group has appointment Benny Chung as general manager, of the ParkRoyal on Kitchener Road.

A Singaporean national, Chung’s career in the hospitality industry started at the former Hyatt Regency Singapore, in sales and marketing.

He earned his first general manager post in 2008 at the Holiday Inn Hefei Downtown, China. Read more

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