Hoteliers On The Move, January 2017

by Mary Gostelow
Hoteliers On The Move, January 2017

Mark Swinton opens Six Senses' five Bhutan lodges. Photo: Six Senses


Olivier Harnisch is ceo Emaar • James Risoleo is president Host • Roland Fasel to be coo Amanresorts • Serge Zaalof is coo Atlantis • Duncan O'Rourke is coo Europe, luxury, AccorHotels • Victor Clavell oversees all Marriott luxury brands for Asia Pacific, excluding Greater China (for Bulgari , he has all Asia Pacific) – and Simon Neggers heads PR, all Marriott luxury • Neeraj Govil is area vp South Asia, Marriott • Mark Morrison is owner strategy and services, Expedia • JC Wong, 24, is PATA's Young Tourism Professional Ambassador – Malay, she speaks five languages • Christian Sack opens 300-room Amman Fairmont • Dagmar Zechmann opens, 3.5 years behind schedule,Herzog & de Meuron-designed 244-room Hamburg Westin Elbphilharmonie • Kai Winkler opens 209-room Istanbul Fairmont Quasar, on the site of the 1930s Art Deco Mecidiyeköy distillery • Stuart Johnson opens Rocco Forte's 340-room Shanghai Longhua West Bund project • Timothy Wright opens 661-room Colombo Shangri-La, near Galle Face • Peter Lowe opens Hong Kong Disneyland's third property, 750-room Explorers Lodge • Stefan Soennichsen opens 244-room Abu Dhabi EDITION • Grant Davies opens Pulse Hotels' 274-room Maldives Kandima • François Arrighi opens Edmond de Rothschild's long-mooted Megève Four Seasons – 55 keys plus chalets, and 18-hole Sir Henry Cotton golf • Utsa Majumder opens 101-room Rameswaram Hyatt Place • Ingrid van Veen opens M&L Hospitality's franchised 350-room London Heathrow Hyatt Place.

Sven Pusch opens 177-room Düsseldorf Me and All • Ronan Henaff opens 147-room Shanghai EDITION • Giuseppe Rossi opens 12-room Paris Hôtel Splendide Royal Paris • Mark Swinton opens Six Senses' five Bhutan lodges, total 82 rooms, Bumthang, Gangtey, Paro, Punakha, Thimphu • Greg Brady opens the Schwarz family's 600-room Sydney Sofitel Darling Harbour • Sumeet Taneja opens 157-room Amritsar Taj Swarna, 30 minutes from the sacred Sikh shrine of Shri Harmandir Sahib • Patrick De Staercke opens 90-room Maldives Hurawalhi – its 5.8 restaurant is 5.8m underwater • Susana Marin opens 92-room Barcelona Almanac (consultant is Olivier Heuchenne) • David Yamada opens 343-room Clearwater Beach FL Wyndham Grand • Luca Ravera opens Jasper Conran's five-room Marrakech L'Hôtel • Kostas Batalas re-opens 330-room Kuantan Hyatt Regency • Mikhail Gitman re-opens 474-room Moscow Hotel Belgrad, now Azimut Smolenskaya • Luke Harley flags WellSmart's 160-room Airline Beach QLD Club Crocodile as Mantra • Gerrit Thesing reflags 171-room Beijing Raffles as Beijing Hotel NUO • Amit Arora reflags 101-room Ras Al Khaimah Banyan Tree Al Wadi Desert as Ritz-Carlton • Gregg Harper links the former South Lake Tahoe CA 968 Park Tahoe and Park Tahoe Inn, now Joie de Vivre's 167-room Hotel Becket.

Other md/gms: Margaret Paul Dubai Burj Al Arab • Sal Abaunza San Francisco Grace Scarlet Huntington • Franck Royer Beirut Bristol • Gregory Leinweber Washington DC Kimpton Monaco • Nick Downing Bangkok The Siam • Florian Broemel London K West • Marco Novella London Brown's • Mark Griffiths Abu Dhabi Yas Viceroy • Bernhard Haechler Mauritius Shangri-La Le Touessrok • Amitabh Rai Delhi Trident Gurgaon • Nitesh Gandhi Delhi Oberoi Gurgaon • David Mathews Mumbai Trident Bandra Kurla • David Connor Montreal Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (and rvp Eastern Canada) • David Croughan San Diego Hilton Del Mar • Senih Geray New York St Regis • Winfred Van Workum New York Ritz-Carlton Central Park • Colin McCandless Hanoi InterCon Westlake • Romain Chan Suzhou Pan Pacific (and gm China) • Ranju Alex Kolkata JW Marriott (and area) • Jatin Khanna Bengalaru Marriott Whitefield (and area) • Duncan Maclean Nha Trang Anam • Florence Poli Paris Raphael • Lukus Kindlesparker Nashville TN Westin • Tauseen Malik Dallas Adolphus • Bob Peckenpaugh Seattle Edgewater • Carl Pratt Tucson-Catalina Miraval • Aaron McGrath Musandam Peninsula Six Senses Zighy Bay • Louis Liu Beijing Maximilian Steigenberger • Christophe Chauvin St Barth Christopher • Christopher Eastmond St Vincent Bequia Beach (Chris Hodder is consultant md).

Provided by Mary Gostelow, owner-publisher of the monthly global-luxury Gostelow Report. 

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