Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Sri Lanka, which opened in December 2015, has appointed W.H. Duminda Boteju to the position of chef concierge. Boteju is that country’s President of Les Clefs d’Or Association.
Rhys Challenger has been appointed general manager, Mercure Singapore Bugis. He first joined AccorHotels in 1996 and has since held various positions across several hotels in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Challenger has been hotel manager at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay since 2015.
The first Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong has announced James Chow as director of sales and marketing. Part of Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts the hotel will open in December and before this appointment, Chow held the same position at Shangri-La Futian in Shenzhen, China. He has also worked for Banyan Tree and Mandarin Oriental.
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong has appointed Per Kredner general manager. The Swedish hotelier has worked in Dubai, Muscat, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo for over 15 years. Prior to joining the hotel, Kredner had been hotel manager Grand Hyatt Shenzhen since 2014.
Outrigger Enterprises Group has appointed Marc Landgraf as the general manager of the Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort in Thailand. With over 30 years’ experience, before this Landgraf, a French national, was GM at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas for three years.
137 Pillars Hotels and Resorts has appointed Kanchalikar Phruttisarikorn as director of PR and marketing communications Phruttisarikorn joins the group from her most recent role at The Unique Collection of Hotels and Resorts, where she was responsible for strategic planning in public relations and marketing communications for 20 upscale boutique hotels and resorts in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and India.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Southeast Asia has appointed Thomas Schwall as general manager of The St. Regis Langkawi. A French national, Schwall joins after four years in New Caledonia where he opened the Sheraton Deva Golf & Spa Resort. He has also worked in Europe, US, Australia, and Singapore and first joined Starwood in 2012.
Eddie Tang is the general manager at the newly opened Mexi Lake Hotel, The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha. Tang has over 28 years global experience managing pre-openings and operating luxury properties. Most recently, he was GM at The Castle Hotel, Dalian. Prior to joining Starwood Hotels & Resorts, he worked for Shangri-La, Renaissance, and Hilton.
After recently announcing its expansion into hotels with the launch of its hotel brand Skye Hotel Suites (to open 2017), developer Crown Group has named Wayne Taranto director of hotels and suites. Prior to this Taranto held senior management roles with Amalgamated Holdings (now Event Hospitality & Entertainment) and Accor Hotels and more recently was GM Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.
Sabre Corporation has named Jerome Thil vice-president of marketing for Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific. Thil has held a number of senior global positions in travel distribution, most recently with Amadeus.
Thuy Tranthi Rieder is now group vice-president of sales and marketing for Rosewood Hotel Group. Tranthi Rieder brings over 20 years’ experience. Prior to joining the group, she was chief marketing and communications officer for a Geneva-based, privately held portfolio of luxury properties
Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip has appointed Kris Kaminsky general manager. US-born Kaminsky previously served as hotel manager at Four Seasons Denver, a post he held for two years. He has worked at Ritz-Carlton, including opening the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai before becoming an executive assistant manager at Ritz-Carlton Tokyo.