Hoteliers On The Move, October 2016

by Mary Gostelow
Hoteliers On The Move, October 2016

The 115-room Nui Hilton Bora Bora was reflagged as the Conrad Bora Bora. Photo: Conrad Hotels & Resorts

To help you keep up with your favorite GMs and hotel executives as they move around and open new properties, Mary Gostelow offers up a monthly update of who's doing what.

James McBride and Jon Tisch are HOTELS' hoteliers of the year, to be honored 14 November, New York.

Millennium & Copthorne ceo Aloysius Lee retires 31 January 2017.

Among Starwood biggies already looking for something new are Jim Petrus and Michael Wale: according to Skift, total payouts to other departing Starwood colleagues, which come with two years' health insurance, include ceo Thomas Mangas $12.1m, developer Simon Turner $10.7m, head Americas Sergio Rivera $10.3m, cfo Alan Schnaid $3.5m.  Boosting Marriott's board to now-14 will be Bruce Duncan, Eric Hippeau and Aylwin Lewis

Richard Hill is president/coo Mosaic

Mark Nogal heads Hilton's Curio

Thuy Tranthi Rieder is group vp marketing Rosewood

Fred Kleisner is independent director Ashford Hospitality Trust

Guido de Wilde is coo Middle East, Marriott

Henk Meyknecht is svp Middle East-Africa, Kempinski.

Mark Lettenbichler opens Stephen Hung's Peter Shilling-designed $800m, 230-room The 13, Macau

Herbert Laubichler-Pichler opens first-time hotelier Andrew Flowers' 9-room Blumen Haus, Lech, designer Reinhard Strasser

Vijay Krishnan opens, 2 years behind schedule, Kings & Knights' 59-room Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur, in a 230-year old building

Richard Van Batenburg opens 57-room Soho House, Barcelona

Li Tang opens 325-room Arlo Hudson Square, New York, and Maggie Houston opens 250-room Arlo NoMad, New York (both were originally to be Tommie hotels)

Rob Lapasin opens Philippe Starck-designed 184-room SLS, Seattle

Ali Türk opens 209-room Steigenberger Istanbul Airport • Stefan Schär opens Cloud No 7-owned 175-room Jaz in the City, Stuttgart

Stephanie Nierhaus opens Interstate-managed AC by Marriott, Mainz

Michael Tam opens NeoGlory-owned 516-room Shangri-La Shanghai Yiwu

Max-Michel Grand opens Roberto Naldi-owned 12-room Splendide Royal, Paris, a conversion of an 1897 palace

Erica Todhunter opens Olympia-managed 70-room Hotel at Oberlin. Oberlin OH

Kurt Bjorkman opens 63-room The Ranch, Laguna Beach CA, the Mark Christy-led, Laurie Alter-designed rebirth of the former Aliso Creek, with golf

Coste Ghirlanda winery owner Giulia Pazienza Gelmetti opens her 20-room Sikelia, Pantelleria Island

Charles Young opens 230-room Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, Honolulu HI, in the former Waikiki Trade Center

Tijs Klerx opens 180-room Viceroy Chicago, designer TAL Studios

Christian Hoechtl opens 248-room Avani Riverside Bangkok, with a 26th-floor rooftop pool

Clifford Weiner opens 450-room Hotel Jen Beijing, at China World Trade Center

Agnieszka Wranka flags 1836-vintage 56-room Fiipa 18, Krakow, as franchised Indigo Old Town, Krakow

Jean-Marc Michel transforms 115-room Nui Hilton Bora Bora to Conrad Bora Bora

Harpreet Bedi, lawyer wife of Satinder Garcha, puts 41-room Vagabond Singapore into Tribute, now Marriott.

Other md/gms: Gerald Glennon Honolulu HI Kahala • Sheila Gerbig-Hussey Maui HI Royal Kahana Outrigger • Debi Bishop Honolulu HI Hilton Hawaiian Village • Melissa Lane Fort Lauderdale FL Hilton Marina • Thomas Lee Carlsbad CA Cape Rey Hilton • Nils-Arne Schroeder Jakarta Hilton (and country gm, Indonesia) • Matthew La Vine Santa Fe NM Hilton Buffalo Thunder • Guy Hilton London Waldorf Hilton • Remco Norden London Gatwick Hilton • Ian Telford London Blakes • Sal Abaunza Palm Springs CA Colony Palms • David Collas Atlanta GA Mandarin Oriental • Nicholas Juett Con Dao Six Senses • Lisa Timbo Chicago IL JW Marriott • Clive Murray Kuala Lumpur InterCon, and country manager • Howard Karawan Nassau Atlantis Paradise Island • Yael Ron Cleveland OH Ritz-Carlton • Nicolas Kipper Budapest Ritz-Carlton • Scott Griffith Raleigh-Durham NC 21c Museum Hotel • Akshay Bahl Los Angeles Hollywood Roosevelt • Kumar Renoo Putrajaya Le Méridien • Duane Schroder Hartford CT Marriott Downtown • Dinah-Louise Marrs Brisbane Swiss-Belhotel • Dan Benzaquen Aqaba Mövenpick Tala Bay • Daniel Braun Kennebunkport ME White Barn Inn.

Richard Leuenberger St Moritz Badrutt's Palace • Bettina Schuett Berlin/Potsdam Dorint Sanssouci • Coleman Wallace Williamsburg VA Williamsburg Lodge • Karan Kakar South Beach FL Mondrian • Greg Saunders Palm Beach Gardens FL PGA National Resort • Eddie Timmons Irving TX NYLO Irving/Las Colinas • Gnell Abracosa Chicago PUBLIC • Angela Ellis London Zetter and Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell • Frantz Mathis Loch Lomond Cameron House  • Arthur WC Ho Shanghai Four Seasons Pudong • Maria Jagla Bora Bora Four Seasons • Mark Bingle Bogata Four Seasons and Casa Medina • Mark Namdar Washington DC Graham Georgetown • Mark Wachal Bremen Steigenberger • Mark Meaney Seoul Conrad • Marc Sittl Pattaya Mövenpick Siam • Michael Robinson Ho Chi Minh City Caravelle Saigon • Michael Moody Dolores CO Dunton Hot Springs • Jon Gersonde St Kitts Christophe Harbour • Jon Goldberg New York 48LEX • Jon Benson Washington DC Park Hyatt • Henning Nopper Los Angeles Andaz West Hollywood • John Sinclair New York Mela Times Square • Justin Kellerman New York Smyth • Carlton Courtney Gelsenkirchen InterCityHotel.

Rachael Harman Kota Kinabalu Le Méridien • John Allanson Maldives Outrigger Konotta • Vincent Mercurio Washington DC Watergate • Henri Ruiz Cario Kempinski Nile Garden City • Wissam Suleiman Doha Kempinski cluster • Ahmet Antepli Doha Dusit • Emil Leung Taipei Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza • Christopher Chia Beijing Shangri-La China World complex • Kevin Brooke Taplow Cliveden • Kevin Hines Daytona Beach FL Westin • Roland Duerr Abu Dhabi Rosewood • Maren Kuehl Abu Dhabi Anantara Qasr Al Sarab • Andreas Gartmann Ascona Eden Roc • Hicham Hraid-Rochette Ouarzazate Dar Ahlam • Vathsala Subramaniam Singapore Hotel Jen • Carlos Buenos Boston Taj.

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

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The suppliers I can tell appreciate the patience and kindness as well, as we have all been working very hard to manage the influx of work. I see the travel agent community and the suppliers working in harmony.

Emily Rawlins, Merriway Travel
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