Practitioners' movement Feb 10, 2012 - Hotel and Hospitality Industry
Dorchester Collection Appoints John Scanlon as Hotel Manager for The Dorchester in London, England
Michelle Le Sage Appointed as Hotel Manager and Sarah Henderson Named Rooms Division Manager for the 100-room Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Hotel Nears Reopening Following its $52 Million Rebuild
Langham Hospitality Group Appoints Anita Hemrajani as Director of Global Sales
International Association of Conference Centers Names Murray Hall as Canadian Conference Center Chef of the Year; Set to Compete in IACC's Ninth International Copper Skillet Competition
Serene Sanders Appointed Spa Director of Mii Amo at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona
Bangkok, Thailand (February 13, 2012) – Absolute Hotel Services Group's CEO Jonathan Wigley has announced the new appointment of Corporate Director of Operations Mr. Jean-matthieu Beroujon, effective from February 13, 2012.
experience with International Hotel chains. He has held several key management positions in different countries like France, England, French Polynesia, USA and Laos. Prior to joining Absolute Hotel Services Group he held a position of operations manager at Villa Maly Luang Prabang.
“His main roles will be on the development of new operational initiatives for our brands as well as oversight and support of pre-opening properties. Jean-matthieu will also support the regional teams and operating properties on an on-going basis,” said Jonathan Wigley.
“I am very excited to join Absolute Hotel Services Group and the opportunity to work with the fast growing company in South East Asia,” said Jean-matthieu.
About Absolute Hotel Services Group
The company provides a unique range of hospitality services and consultancy on an a la carte basis that includes marketing/feasibility studies, owner representative services, master planning consultancy, pre-opening consultancy, brand creation/consultancy, training as well as the hotel management services from the technical services and pre-opening assistance to management contracts for U Hotels and Resorts, Eastin Hotels and Residences and Eastin Easy, the hotel brands of Absolute Hotel Services.
Absolute Hotel Services head office is based in Bangkok, Thailand while Absolute Hotel Services Indochina office based in Hanoi covers Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Absolute Hotel Services India office based in Mumbai covers India, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
Currently operating and under development properties under the U Hotels and Resorts brand in Thailand, Vietnam, India and Indonesia total 33 properties with more than 3,700 rooms of which will all be operating by 2014. Eastin Hotels and Residences and Eastin Easy have operating and under development 19 projects on going in Thailand, India, Middle East and Vietnam totalling close to 2,400 rooms operating by late 2014.
About U Hotels and Resorts Brand
The brand was created with today's travellers in mind and their expectation from the fast moving pace of hospitality. Founded in 2008, U Hotels and Resorts is an uncomplicated bijoux deluxe hotel brand that is a stimulating blend of local heritage and design accents that pair with modern amenities, services and facilities to unobtrusively encourage sophisticated target customers eager to enjoy the local environment.
U Hotels and Resorts will consist of a maximum 200 rooms/suites and in some cases will include a residential element. U's unique concept of services include 24-hour room, breakfast whenever/wherever, free Wi-Fi, U choose programme, U Stay and Save Transient rate programme and calls at cost.
About Eastin Hotels | Eastin Residences | Eastin Easy Brands
A deluxe 4 star commercial brands created to base on relevance to market and the needs of targeted customers. The brands provide value and consistency through flexible venues and services with added value to serve the needs of business and leisure travellers.
Eastin Hotels brand's target customers are value hunters looking for comfort and convenience at the right price with maximum flexibility to serve purpose of their visit, whether business or pleasure. Eastin Hotels consist of a minimum 150 rooms/suites with large conference and event facilities.
Eastin Residences will consist of a minimum 80 units up to 500 units with full service and facilities that provide value and flexibility to serve the needs of customers for extended stays whether for business or pleasure.
Eastin Easy, a 3 star hotel brand that provides comfortable accommodation, breakfast plus approachable services and simple facilities for business and leisure travelers. Eastin Easy consists of a minimum 40 rooms/suites.
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Practitioners' movement Feb 13, 2012 - Hotel and Hospitality Industry
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Appoints Scott Deibert as Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, Americas
Todd D. Scholl Named as Director of Sales for the Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Practitioners' movement Feb 15, 2012 - Hotel and Hospitality Industry
SMG Completes Management Team for McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO, Illinois (February 15, 2012) – In the six months since the Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority (MPEA) selected SMG to manage the McCormick Place Complex, the firm has moved to bring the best and brightest industry executives into the operation. The senior leadership team comes from within McCormick Place, from SMG's corporate headquarters and leading industry veterans.
“We were very pleased when the MPEA agreed that SMG keep David Causton on as general manager. The relationship he has with both clients and staff is now just as strong with David's new SMG family,” said Wes Westley, SMG President and Chief Executive Officer. “The next step was to build a strong support team for him.”
nature of both selling and servicing events for the nation's largest convention center. “We have been impressed with Adrienne from the very beginning,” said Gregg Caren, Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development for SMG. “It was clear that the optimum step to enhance our level of customer service and to expand our sales efforts would be to promote from within.” In this role, Adrienne will continue as the facility's primary liaison with the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau (CCTB), as well as the local hospitality community. Bob McClintock, Senior Vice President – Convention Centers for SMG, noted, “As a company, we have long held the vital connection between sales and event services.” He added, “This not only enhances the critical communication among staff, but also acknowledges the vital need for client communication in the booking cycle.”
accounting, SMG named company veteran Joseph Scheper Assistant General Manager – Finance and Administration. Prior to this move, Scheper had worked in the company's headquarters in Philadelphia, PA as Executive Director of Finance. In this capacity, Joe was responsible for the facility accounting processes at all of SMG's convention centers and worked with in the establishment and operation of SMG's proprietary accounting systems and processes. Prior to his corporate role, Scheper served as Director of Finance at the SMG-managed Hawai'i Convention Center.
security and short-term capital projects. Ryan comes to McCormick Place/SMG with 18 years of experience in facility operations management and technical systems design and maintenance. He most recently worked as Director of Operations at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that, Ryan was the Director of Facilities for SMG at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ryan also served as a maintenance technician in the U.S. Navy for four years.
“As we move forward into the new year, we could not be more pleased with the combination of talent we have assembled in Chicago,” concluded McClintock. “We are proud to acknowledge the talent of both the incumbent team and our SMG bench strength as we help move the needle for this landmark venue.”
SMG is responsible for the management and marketing of more than 225 public assembly facilities worldwide. The company has built a specialized Convention Center Division, including 68 convention and exhibition centers. SMG's seasoned executive team works actively with municipalities, convention bureaus and hospitality partners in offering first class service and fully integrated management and marketing systems. At 2.6 million square feet of prime exhibit space, McCormick Place is the nation's largest convention facility.
About McCormick Place
McCormick Place, the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America, is comprised of four state-of-the-art buildings, the North, South and West Buildings, the Lakeside Center, and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel. Combined, McCormick Place offers 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 173 meeting rooms, the 4,249-seat Arie Crown Theater and one of the largest ballrooms in the world.
Located on Chicago's lakefront, just minutes from downtown, McCormick Place is owned by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and managed by SMG, a worldwide convention facility management company. For more information, please visit mccormickplace.com or on facebook.com/mccormickplace and twitter.com/mccormick_place.
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L'Auberge Del Mar in California Names New Sales Team; Robert Harter, Jeffrey Livingston, Christina Benson and Lindsey Dollahon Join the 120-room Resort Managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts
Choice Hotels Promotes Sarah Searls to Vice President of Business and Analytic Services
Rick Blackburn Named Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at the 796-room La Quinta Resort and Club and PGA WEST in California
Anthony Zamora Appointed as Executive Chef for the 463-suite Conrad New York
Practitioners' movement Feb 18, 2012 - Hotel and Hospitality Industry
Choice Hotels Names Simone Wu as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Hilton Worldwide Appoints Sherry Romello as Senior Director, Hilton Meetings & Product Management
Fabrice Moizan to Become General Manager of Hotel Fouquet's Barrière in Paris, France
Front Office Supervisor Dan Taylor and Breakfast Concierge Sandy Leggore Recognized as 2011 Employees of the Year by Carlson Hotels
James Gelfand Named Director of Sales & Marketing for the 408-room Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Florida
Thomas J. Egan Appointed Director of Sales for the 2,000-room Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida
Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Brian Mulhall as Director of Sales for the 295-room Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois
Ryan Stracko Appointed as Executive Chef for the 237-room Inn at Pocono Manor in Pennsylvania
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in California Names Justin Kaufman as Banquet Sous Chef
Kevin W. Luque of Kingston Resorts in Myrtle Beach Named Best Seafood Chef in South Carolina
David Scott Named as Lecturer for The Hotel School Sydney in Australia
Practitioners' movement Feb 21, 2012 - Hotel and Hospitality Industry
Orient-Express Hotels Appoints Richard M. Levine as Chief Legal Officer
EasyRMS Appoints Aamir Shaheen as Director of Finance
MetWest Terra Hospitality Names Greg Hanss as Vice President of Sales & Marketing
White Lodging's Brandon Frederick Promoted to Director of Model Hotel Implementation;
Newly Created Position Designed to Help Train Properties To Become Model Hotels
Jason Kern Appointed as Director of Sales, Groups for the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
Practitioners' movement Feb 24, 2012 - Hotel and Hospitality Industry
The Westin Hefei Baohe Welcomes New General Manager Douglas Ariza-Giammaria
The 49-suite Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California Names Nicole Sharp Director of Marketing and Tracy Schwartz Catering & Conference Sales Manager
Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Brother Luck Executive Chef for Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas
Guy Santoro Named as Executive Chef for the 189-room St. Regis Mexico City in Mexico
HEI Hotels and Resorts' Fund III Acquires and Brands 154-room Hotel Le Meridien Arlington in Virginia; Jon Coleman Appointed as General Manager
U.S. Employee, Kareem Cole, Selected as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's 2011 Global Employee of the Year; Chosen from More than 80,000 Employees, Cole is the Guest Services Agent at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson Stone Mountain in Georgia