Fairmont appoints Pacific Northwest head

Mark Andrew has been named Regional Vice President, Pacific Northwest, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and General Manager, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, effective immediately.
“Mark was a natural choice to fill this key role within our Pacific Northwest portfolio.  His knowledge and understanding of the market, and his network throughout the industry made him the ideal selection to represent Fairmont Hotels & Resorts,” states Kevin Frid, Senior Vice President of Operations.

“This region has the focus of Fairmont with the opening of our fourth Vancouver hotel in late 2009, and will have the eyes of the world upon it in the lead up to the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.”

Mark’s regional portfolio of hotels includes the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Fairmont Empress (Victoria), Fairmont Olympic Hotel (Seattle) and Fairmont Pacific Rim, scheduled to open in late 2009.

Mark brings more than 30 years experience to his new role, having most recently finished his term as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), based in Dallas, Texas.

A seasoned hotelier, Mark spent 25 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, including roles as General Manager for the Hyatt Seattle, Hyatt Charlotte and Hyatt Regency Vancouver.  From 1998 - 2000 he was Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Great Canadian Railtour Company.  In 2000, he joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts, serving as General Manager, the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver for six years.

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Mark holds a Bachelor of Hospitality Management Degree from Vancouver Community College.  Designations include Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA).  Earlier this year he was awarded the Vancouver AM Tourism Association’s 2007 Wake-Up Award for his involvement in the successful Vancouver 2010 Olympic bid.
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