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First Female General Manager in St. Regis New York’s History

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First Female General Manager in St. Regis New York's History - TRAVELINDEX - HOTELWORLDS.comNew York City, New York, United States, May 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The St. Regis New York is pleased to announce Octavia Marginean-Tahiroglu as General Manager of the celebrated and historic flagship property. A respected leader in the luxury hospitality arena, Octavia has been a part of The St. Regis New York family for over seven years and brings to her new role a wealth of experience and expertise garnered from her time at the landmark hotel. As the milestone first female general manager in the hotel’s history, Octavia’s designation marks a momentous and exciting new chapter in the hotel’s illustrious history.

“I am thrilled and honored to be at the helm of one of the most glamourous and storied hotels in the world and look forward to leading The St. Regis New York as General Manager,” said Octavia Marginean-Tahiroglu. “The hotel has long served as the benchmark for luxury travel, and I look forward to guiding our dedicated team to carry on the hotel’s legacy as the best address in Manhattan.”

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Octavia brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at The St. Regis New York. Octavia is a longstanding member of The St. Regis New York family, having served as the Hotel Manager since 2015. As Hotel Manager, she worked to maximize profitability while exceeding guest expectations through the highest quality service, amenities, and attention to detail. In 2021, Octavia successfully led the hotel’s reopening, welcoming travelers from around the world back to the beloved property. Prior to joining the St. Regis New York, Octavia served as the General Manager of The Tribeca Grand Hotel and the Deputy General Manager of The Soho Grand Hotel. Octavia began her work with Marriott International in 2004 with The Westin New York at Times Square and first joined The St. Regis New York in 2006 as the Front Office Manager.

Octavia attended Hunter College in New York where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently enrolled at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College in the MBA Program.

The St. Regis New York, originally founded by John Jacob Astor over a century ago, is revered as one of the finest hotels in the world. The majestic Beaux-Arts exterior, elegant public spaces, exquisitely designed guest rooms, suites, and unparalleled, bespoke service have preserved its legendary status for more than 100 years. The hotel is also home to the famed King Cole Bar, the birthplace of the original Bloody Mary. Ideally located in the heart of Manhattan at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, The St. Regis New York is steps from the city’s finest shopping, restaurants, and museums.

First published at – Global Travel News

Vietnamese Hotel Appoints Sustainability Officer

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Vietnamese Hotel Appoints Sustainability Officer - TRAVELINDEXCam Ranh, Vietnam , April 11, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Vu Ngoc Linh, a hospitality professional with more than a decade’s experience in food and beverage departments, has stepped off the career ladder of the typical F&B professional to pursue an entirely new kind of fulfillment.

This month, the 580-room Alma Resort on Vietnam’s south central coast named Linh as its first sustainability officer. It’ll be Linh’s job to track the property’s energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education efforts and building design.

The role also involves creating sustainability programs, budgets and schedules, evaluating the success of sustainability initiatives, and managing three staff committees focused on ‘green products’, ‘innovation and solutions’ and ‘people and partnerships’.

The stakes are high. The thirty-hectare resort requires 46,720 kWH of power and 900 m3 of water per day.

“We’d like to think we can continue to make meaningful reductions in that consumption,” said Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler. “Dedicating one person to this task is key to making that happen.”

One of Linh’s new projects, under the umbrella of the Innovation and Solutions Committee, is implementation of what Alma believes is Vietnam’s most ambitious hotel solar power project yet. Alma will this year install 5,634 solar panels totalling 12,500 square metres. With a capacity of 2,480 kilowatts peak, the solar power system will fuel between a quarter to almost half of Alma’s energy needs depending on occupancy.

In addition to the resort’s 325sqm water treatment plant deploying a reverse osmosis system to provide 70,000L weekly of drinkable water and ice for all of the resort’s kitchens, Linh will also help determine other ways to offset the resort’s water usage.

Linh started his hospitality career in 2011 as a waiter at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, before he became a restaurant supervisor at Dessole Beach Resort Nha Trang, a team leader at Vinpearl Land Amusement Park and an assistant outlet manager at Golden Peak Resort & Spa and Duyen Ha Resort. Linh then became a food and beverage manager at Xavia Hotel and Florida Nha Trang Hotel, and the assistant restaurant manager at Eastin Grand Hotel Nha Trang.

Laubichler-Pichler said Linh’s background in F&B – a field notorious for waste generation – had motivated him to move into a sustainability role.

“Linh has a genuine drive to make a difference and he is well suited to a role at our resort dedicated purely to sustainability, encompassing the likes of garbage segregation, tree planting, paperless check-in, solar power, community initiatives to generate support for green projects, research and more,” said Laubichler-Pichler.

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About Alma

Situated on Vietnam’s emerging Cam Ranh peninsula fronting Long Beach, Alma resort commands some 30 hectares of inspiring ground. Emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, the bold and spacious integrated resort offers 580 oversized suites and pavilions that all afford sweeping vistas of the ocean, including contemporary three bedroom oceanfront pavilions each totalling 224sqm with a living room, four bathrooms and a private pool. Alma features a broad spectrum of restaurants helmed by top chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, as well as a sports bar, pool bar and beach bar. Other highlights include 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach, a waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheater, art gallery, science museum, gymnasium and yoga room, 18-hole mini golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, water sports centre and even an ‘Alma Mart’ mini supermarket.


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Basketball Pro Tony Parker Partners with French Entrepreneur Michel Reybier

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Basketball Pro Tony Parker Partners with French Entrepreneur Michel Reybier - - TRAVELINDEXLe Luc, Provence, France, April 2, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / French-American basketball star Tony Parker, who holds four NBA championship titles, is embracing his other passion—wine—and partnering with visionary entrepreneur Michel Reybier, owner of Château La Mascaronne in Provence and champagne brands Michel Reybier and Jeeper.

For Parker, Reybier is an inspiration in this new chapter, and the two share similar values of leadership and excellence, letting quality guide the way for any venture. “We both share a passion for wine, but also for sport,” Reybier explains. “I’m from Lyon and particularly admire the dedication Tony shows for the LDLC ASVEL [French basketball team in Lyon], and I am in just as much admiration of how he has been carrying out his career with success.”

As an entry into this entrepreneurial life, Parker will be involved with Reybier’s wineries in Champagne, as well as Château La Mascaronne, an iconic estate in the village of Le Luc in Provence. Here, on the ring-shaped property, olive trees border the château’s ancient stone walls, and, as Reybier says, “there is a particular energy… A special kind of alchemy that puts you at ease.”

Convinced by the winery’s potential, Reybier purchased the estate in 2020. With terroir and conditions ideal for producing an outstanding rosé wine, Château La Mascaronne crafts expressive and balanced wines solely from the estate’s grapes. “Our joint commitment will allow us to go even further in the wineries’ development,” Reybier says. “I am very happy to be able to share this entrepreneurial adventure with fans of our products all over the world.”

Parker is excited to join forces with Reybier, and says: “the plan to move forward on a common project was obvious. I am committed to investing myself alongside him and taking these exceptional wines and Champagnes to the next level. ”

Michel Reybier
Michel Reybier is a French entrepreneur and businessman who is the founder and owner, along with his family, of La Réserve hotels in Paris, Geneva, Zurich and Ramatuelle, as well as Domaines Reybier, which includes wineries such as Cos d’Estournel, Domaine Impérial Tokaj-Hétszölö, Champagne Michel Reybier, Champagne Jeeper, and Château La Mascaronne.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker is a professional basketball player who played for Paris Basket Racing before joining the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. As their starting point guard, he went on to win four NBA championship titles and become the first French player crowned NBA champion, and the first European player to receive the title of NBA Finals MVP in 2007.

First published at – Global Travel News

Eight Inc. Appoints Charles Reed Anderson as Principal in Singapore

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Eight Inc. Appoints Charles Reed Anderson as Principal in Singapore - TRAVELINDEXSingapore, March 31, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Experience design firm Eight Inc. has appointed Charles Reed Anderson as Strategy Principal, based out of its Singapore studio. As one of Asia’s leading technology industry innovators and thought leaders, Anderson will advise the firm’s clients on how to use a human-centric approach to transform the way they market, deploy and support their solutions.

During his 13 years in Singapore, Anderson has been a valued advisor to influential decision makers across Asia’s smart cities, IoT, prop-tech and connectivity (e.g. 5G) ecosystems. He has a unique ability to separate industry hype from reality, rooted in his deep knowledge of emerging technologies and understanding of the market. He will report to Tim Kobe, Founder & CEO of Eight Inc.

“Charles has an outstanding record of delivering real human and business value across the technology sector.“ said Kobe. “He is highly adept at cutting through industry noise, helping clients not only to identify their opportunities to do more for customers—but to actually do so.”

Anderson has previously advised industry leaders including Bosch, JLL, Nokia, Taipei City, Telstra, and the World Bank Group on how to source and drive the adoption of innovative solutions. He has also led innovation initiatives at leading telecoms operators, including Vodafone, O2 and BT, and served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company.

A prominent keynote speaker, Anderson has presented at over 250 industry events globally, sharing candid insights on IoT, smart cities, prop-tech, digital transformation and 5G. He hosts the TechBurst Asia podcast, serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Organization of Smart Cities, and is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Smart City Research Center in Seoul.

“Emerging technologies have the capability to transform the way we work, live and play, but they often fail to live up to the hype.” said Anderson. “The problem isn’t with the technologies, it’s with the human side of the industry, which is what attracted me to Eight.”

“Eight has designed human experiences that build bonds between consumers and brands for over 30 years. It’s time to take that same human-centric approach and revolutionize enterprise businesses, technology vendors and smart cities as well.”

Eight Inc. is a global creative collective that specializes in designing innovative, integrated human experiences. Its 200+ business creatives and strategic designers collaborate across 11 studios, 7 time zones, and 3 continents. It has 5 Asia Pacific studios: Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager

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Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager - TRAVELINDEXDugi Otok, Croatia, March 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The luxurious, five-star adult-only hotel, Villa Nai 3.3, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, opened in Summer 2021 on the Croatian island of Dugi Otok, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new General Manager, Maksim Juričić.

Maksim began his career in northern Italy’s finest resort destinations including Lake Garda and Madonna Di Campiglio. He then spent 11 years at the Park Hyatt Milano as a Concierge and Concierge Assistant Manager. In 2008 he became an esteemed member of Les Chefs d’Or and in 2012, he was given the honour of being named as ‘One of the Five Best Concierges in Milan’ by Where Magazine. Maksim continued to develop his knowledge and finesse his skills, in a five-star hotel collection in Ireland before returning to Croatia, from where he originated as a native of the Northern Istria region.

The recent appointment of Maksim as General Manager for Villa Nai 3.3. coincides with the re-opening of the property for the 2022 season. His exemplary customer service skills, combined with his excellent ability to co-ordinate and manage people, will be advantageous for the luxurious and unique property.

“My philosophy is to offer genuine and authentic hospitality without compromising on quality, coincides with the focus of the strong team already in place at Villa Nai 3.3. As a team, I hope that we continue to meet the requirements of our guests through our bespoke and tailor-made service. We will continue to create unique experiences at Villa Nai 3.3. Dugi Otok is a secluded gem of splendid isolation, and the Dalmatian region is an area of immense beauty. It is an ultra-luxurious destination. I was incredibly impressed by Villa Nai 3.3, as well as the overall property, estate, and vision of the owners and look forward to the beginning of the 2022 season as General Manager.” Enthuses Maksim Juričić.

“We are thrilled to have Maksim Juričić as our new General Manager. His forward-thinking approach for Villa Nai 3.3 and passion for the Dalmatian region are admirable. We aim to centre Villa Nai 3.3 as a hub for the Kornati archipelago in 2022 and are in the process of creating bespoke itineraries for our guests to have a more interactive experience with the olive harvest during October. Maksim has been hugely involved in this and I am looking forward to seeing the great work he will do at Villa Nai 3.3.” Delights Goran Morović, Owner of Villa Nai 3.3.

About Villa Nai 3.3
Villa Nai 3.3 opened in Summer 2021 and was designed by renowned Croatian architect Nikola Bašic who drew inspiration from luxurious yachts to create a truly unique concept hotel, which blends seamlessly into the outstanding natural beauty of Croatia’s historic Dugi Otok Island. The exclusive hotel has just eight deluxe rooms and suites for the ultimate comfort and private experience. Villa Nai 3.3 is situated amongst 500-year-old olive groves from which they source the olives used in their multi-award-winning olive oil 3.3. The “liquid gold” is used as a basis in their soothing spa products and treatments and in each of the delectable dishes at their 3.3 Restaurant and Grotta 11000 Restaurant which contain the very best of local produce from surrounding farms, orchards, and waters. Equidistant between Venice and Dubrovnik, guests can expect an experiential, culinary, and wellness journey at Villa Nai 3.3.

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Marriott Appoints First-Ever Female General Manager in Saudi Arabia

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Marriott Appoints First-Ever Female General Manager in Saudi Arabia - TRAVELINDEX

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 13, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Marriott International made history for women in hospitality. Marriott announced the appointment of its first-ever female general manager in KSA: Marina Krasnobrizhaya at The St. Regis Riyadh.

Journey to Marriott’s first female general manager in Saudi

Krasnobrizhaya brings almost 17 years of international experience in the hotel industry. A Marriott International stalwart, she joins The St. Regis Riyadh following her recent position as director of operations at The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel in London. Prior to this, she held senior roles at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow and Hotel Arts Barcelona.

One of her earliest roles with Marriott was in her home country of Russia where she worked as a front desk agent of The Ritz-Carlton Moscow. Staying with the five-star Ritz-Carlton brand for a decade, she went on to become front desk supervisor, assistant front desk manager and front desk manager at the hotel over four years.

“Marina brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we are delighted to have her join The St. Regis Riyadh,” said Ahmed Hozaien, area VP – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Egypt, Marriott International. “Marina’s appointment adds valuable leadership to the property, and highlights Marriott International’s commitment to championing the advancement of women in executive positions.”

Commenting on her appointment, Krasnobrizhaya said, “I am delighted to take on this new role and look forward to working with the team to deliver an uncompromising level of bespoke service and exquisite experiences in the city’s best address.”

Marriott growing female talent in Saudi

Marriott also used its statement announcing the appointment to address the progress it is making for wider female representation in the Kingdom’s hotel field.

Its Saudi edition of Tahseen – a leadership fasttrack programme – recorded 50 candidates in 2021, of which nearly 50 percent were women – marking the highest enrollment of women into the programme since its launch in 2018. Since inception, Tahseen’s Saudi edition has had over 100 graduates the majority of which are now employed at Marriott International properties across the Kingdom in managerial, supervisor and director roles across functions such as sales, HR, F&B, marketing, finance and operations.

The company plans to launch the fourth edition of its Tahseen programme in the Kingdom this year, said the statement.

Doors opening

Krasnobrizhaya’s appointment has also been announced during the same week Marriott’s first-ever female GM in the whole Middle East announced her retirement.

First published at – Global Travel News

Banyan Tree Krabi Appoints Wellbeing Specialist

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Banyan Tree Krabi Appoints Wellbeing Specialist - TRAVELINDEXKrabi, Thailand, March 16, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Banyan Tree Krabi continues to refine and expand its holistic and spiritual ambiance at the resort with the appointment of Dr. Subhash Shanbhag as Wellbeing Practitioner/ Consultant.

Originally from southern India, Subhash has lived in Thailand for 10 years and has an extensive background as an Ayurvedic doctor, counselor, and wellness specialist.

He joins his compatriot Bikram Keshari Patra, who is the Wellbeing Practitioner at sister resort Banyan Tree Samui.

Both hotels offer the option of a unique Wellbeing Sanctuary program to guests with a number of pool villas set aside for those who wish to combine a leisure vacation with a daily program designed to enrich mind, body and soul — from meditation to Thai boxing, from massage and hydrotherapy to nature trails and sailing lessons —  complemented with a nutritious diet and personal consultations.

The 72-key beachfront resort in Krabi opened its doors to visitors in October 2020. Alongside Banyan Tree Samui, it introduced the Wellbeing Sanctuary initiative five months ago based on Banyan Tree’s own “8 Pillars” principle: Dietary Awareness; Physical Vitality; Cultivate the Mind; Sleep & Rest; Harmony with Nature; Learning & Development; Bonding & Connection; and Sustained Practices.

Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with 47 hotels and resorts, 63 spas, 72 retail galleries, and three golf courses in 24 countries. Each resort typically has between 75 to 300 rooms and commands room rates at the higher end of each property’s particular market.

The Group’s primary business is centred on four brands: the award-winning Banyan Tree and Angsana, as well as newly established Cassia and Dhawa. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket — through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited. Two other integrated resorts – Laguna Bintan in Indonesia and Laguna Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam – complete the status of the Group as the leading operator of integrated resorts in Asia.

As a leading operator of spas in Asia, Banyan Tree’s spas are one of the key features in their resorts and hotels. Its retail arm Banyan Tree Gallery complements and reinforces the branding of the resort, hotel and spa operations.

Since the launch of the first Banyan Tree resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, in 1994, Banyan Tree has received over 2,600 awards and accolades for the resorts, hotels and spas that the Group manages. The Group has also received recognition for its commitment to sustainability for environmental protection and emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

In addition to its currently operating hotels, resorts, spas and golf courses, the Group currently has 21 hotels and resorts under construction, and another 25 under development.

First published at – Global Travel News

Alma Resort Welcomes Son Hoang Le as Director of Sales

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Cam Ranh, Vietnam, February 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / A talented hospitality professional with more than 16 years of experience in sales, marketing, events and operations at some of Vietnam’s most acclaimed hotels has been named Alma’s director of sales.

Vietnamese national Son Hoang Le’s appointment to the 30-hectare family resort, with 196 pavilions and 384 suites overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula, comes after he worked at the Caravelle Saigon as the director of room sales.

Before that, he was the director of sales and marketing at Diamond Bay Vung Tau Resort & Spa and the director of sales at Hotel Majestic Saigon.

Son embarked on his hospitality career in early 2005 as a bellman at the Caravelle Saigon, where he spent the next 10 years also working as a receptionist, night supervisor and banquet sales executive, learning about various facets of the hotel business.

He moved to the Hotel Nikko Saigon to become a corporate sales executive, before progressing to the Pullman Hanoi where he became a sales manager and then an acting senior sales manager.

Son holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Linguistics and Literature at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and also studied electronics at Cao Thang College. Both institutions are based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Describing him as “an excellent negotiator and strategic thinker”, Alma’s managing director Herbert-Laubichler Pichler said Son’s background in operations enriched his leadership abilities among the hotel’s management ranks and, coupled with his rich sales and marketing experience, placed him in great stead to spearhead the resort’s ambitious sales efforts for 2022.

Bold, spacious and emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, the independently owned and operated Alma features 14 food and beverage outlets and a cascade of 12 beachfront swimming pools. Other drawing cards include a science museum, 6000 square metre waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, art gallery, cinema, convention centre, amphitheatre, youth centre with virtual reality games, kid’s club, water sports centre, gymnasium and yoga room and an 18-hole putting green.

About Alma
Situated on Vietnam’s emerging Cam Ranh peninsula fronting Long Beach, Alma resort commands some 30 hectares of inspiring ground. Emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, the bold and spacious integrated resort offers 580 oversized suites and pavilions that all afford sweeping vistas of the ocean, including contemporary three bedroom oceanfront pavilions each totalling 224sqm with a living room, four bathrooms and a private pool. Alma features a broad spectrum of restaurants helmed by top chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, as well as a sports bar, pool bar and beach bar. Other highlights include 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach, a waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheater, art gallery, science museum, gymnasium and yoga room, 18-hole mini golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, water sports centre and even an ‘Alma Mart’ mini supermarket.

First published at – Global Travel News

Hilton Announces New Leadership in Australasia & South-East Asia

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Hilton Announces New Leadership in Australasia & South-East Asia - TRAVELINDEX

Sydney, Australia, February 11, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Hilton Worldwide have announced a change in leadership as Paul Hutton has today been named new vice president for operations in Australasia effective 16 February 2015. Currently Mr Hutton is working as the regional general manager for China South at Hilton Worldwide, however in his new role he will be responsible for the performance of the growing portfolio of Hilton Worldwide hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Paul Hutton takes over from Ashley Spencer who is retiring from his highly successful 27-year career with Hilton Worldwide, having held senior leadership positions in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Hilton Worldwide president Asia Pacific Martin Rinck, said that Paul brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to his new role.

Paul began his career with Hilton Worldwide in 1984 at the Noga Hilton in Switzerland and then took on various roles at Hiltons in Australia, the UAE, and Egypt before being promoted to the role of general manager at Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest in 2000.

Paul Hutton will succeed Heidi Kunkel, who has led the Australasia region over the past three and a half years. The move represents a return to the Australasia leadership role for Mr. Hutton, who spent the past four years as Hilton’s Regional Head of Southeast Asia, where he built a robust leadership team and oversaw significant portfolio growth.

“As one of our most seasoned hospitality industry veterans, Paul brings broad regional, brand, and hotel operations experience to this role. He has been instrumental in overseeing the introduction of incredible properties such as Waldorf Astoria Bangkok and Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi,” said Alan Watts, Regional President Asia Pacific for Hilton. “Paul’s significant cross brand and country knowledge will be hugely valuable as he returns to his native Australia.”

As the leader of Hilton’s Australasia portfolio, Paul will be based in Sydney where he will continue to drive Hilton’s successful recovery efforts, working closely with the company’s network of owners. In this role, he will oversee 27 operating hotels and a healthy development pipeline of 12 hotels and resorts, with further growth plans to double Hilton’s footprint in Australasia in the next five years – through an organic growth strategy with the right brands in the right locations.

Taking up the Southeast Asia leadership role is Alexandra (Alex) Murray, who will transfer from Hilton’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). In that role, Alex oversaw an impressive portfolio of 57 hotels with a pipeline of 47 properties.

“Transitioning great talent and sharing best practices around the globe is at the heart of our leadership strategy at Hilton,” said Alan. “Having previously worked in Asia, and more recently in EMEA, Alex brings a strong track record of excellent commercial and team performance, with over 30 years of experience across various full-service operational and regional commercial leadership roles.”

Based in Singapore, Alex will oversee 46 open and trading hotels in the region, with a further 51 in the pipeline – including the largest Hilton hotel in the APAC region.

Both Paul and Alex will be part of the Hilton APAC Senior Leadership Team. “I am confident that both Paul and Alex will ensure that Hilton continues to deliver both exceptional hospitality for our customers and exceptional returns for our owners,” commented Alan on the appointments.

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WWF Appoints Two Female Leaders from Africa to International Board

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WWF Appoints Two Female Leaders from Africa to International Board - TRAVELINDEXGland, Switzerland, January 31, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Rosette Chantal Rugamba, a 24-year veteran of the African ecotourism and protected areas sector, and Dr Paula Kahumbu, one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists joined the organisation’s International Board as trustees on 1 January 2022. Ms Rugamba and Dr Kahumbu’s extensive experience on the African continent will be a strong asset to WWF International as it works with communities and partners to help build a nature-positive world by 2030 and put women’s participation in decision-making at the forefront.

WWF’s work in Africa plays an important role in the organisation’s global conservation efforts. The addition of two new female Board members is an important outcome of WWF’s goal to promote gender equality as an integral part of the mission to ensure that the planet’s natural resources are shared fairly.

Based in Rwanda, Ms Rugamba is founder and Managing Director of Songa Africa and Amakoro Songa Lodge, an East African tourism and hospitality company, and serves on the board of Women For The Environment Africa, a body whose aim is to empower women leaders working in conservation in Africa. She previously served as Director General of Rwanda tourism where she spearheaded the revitalisation of the Rwandan tourism sector between 2003 and 2010. She has also served as Deputy CEO of Rwanda Development Board which oversees the development and management of the country’s world-famous protected areas, as well as being special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation on sustainable tourism in Africa and a member of the Global Ethics committee at the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Ms Rugamba has also served as a board member of African Parks and Trademark East Africa and is an active member of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation where she has served as President of Tourism in the Women’s Chamber.

Based in Kenya, Dr Kahumbu is the CEO of WildlifeDirect, a charitable organisation which aims to connect people to nature and wildlife so that they treasure it and act to conserve it. She is also the creator of the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign with Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, as well as the producer and host of Wildlife Warriors, Africa’s first wildlife documentary series made by Africans. She formerly worked for the Kenya Wildlife Service heading up the research and parks departments, and Lafarge Eco Systems, the environmental arm of Bamburi Cement. She has won numerous awards and received a special commendation at the United Nations Person of the Year celebrations for her role in raising awareness of the crisis facing elephants in Kenya. She is a lecturer at Princeton University, is the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year, winner of the Whitley Gold Award, and is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She holds a PhD in Ecology from Princeton University.

Rosette Rugamba said:
“Serving on WWF’s board is a great opportunity to increase my contribution to collective efforts to save our planet and help safeguard the future of nature and humanity. I am humbled and enthusiastic to join the “panda family”!

Dr Paula Kahumbu said:
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with WWF in transforming conservation and climate change outcomes at a global level. It is an honour and a privilege and I look forward to working with the team.”

Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Rosette Rugamba and Paula Kahumbu to the WWF International Board. These esteemed leaders share a passion for and experience in the fields of African conservation, sustainable tourism, protected areas, community engagement and women’s empowerment. They are both an inspiration in their passion and achievements in marrying nature conservation and socio-economic development. Given the significance of Africa to conservation, it is an honour to be able to count on the support of two tremendous African leaders based on the continent who bring with them a wealth of directly relevant experience and insights.

“Additionally, at a time when WWF is working hard with communities and partners to help build a nature-positive world by 2030, our new trustees will provide crucial insight that will help our efforts to promote gender equality as an essential building block for sustainable development and effective conservation.”

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