Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Rudolf “Rudy” Tauscher as the General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, New York, the Group’s North American flagship property due to open late 2003. Tauscher will be responsible for all aspects of the pre-opening, opening and overall operations of the luxury hotel.
Located within the AOL/Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, the new hotel will be in the centre’s North Tower with an exclusive entrance from West 60th Street. It will offer 251 luxurious, elegantly appointed rooms and suites; a dynamic restaurant concept with a lively bar scene and nightly entertainment; a 17,000-square-foot personalized, pampering world-class spa; state-of-the-art fitness centre and indoor, sky lit pool; and New York City’s only pillar-less ballroom and meeting facilities. All rooms and public areas will showcase spectacular views of Central Park and the city.
“Mr. Tauscher’s hospitality industry background, especially his pre-opening and opening experience with three major luxury properties, makes him extremely qualified to position Mandarin Oriental, New York for discerning guests. As a veteran of the industry and resident of Manhattan for the past seven years, his intricate knowledge of and experience with New York City hotels and mixed-use properties is extremely valuable.” said Wolfgang K. Hültner, CEO of Mandarin Oriental Management, USA, Inc..
Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental, Tauscher was General Manager of Trump International Hotel and Tower, where he coordinated the pre-opening and opening of the hotel and condominiums. During his tenure, the hotel achieved an impressive Mobil five-star rating designation for four consecutive years, beginning with the very first year the hotel was eligible for rating in 1998.
Previously, Tauscher was resident manager for both The Peninsula New York and the Palace of the Lost City in South Africa. His first posting in the United States was with Mansion on Turtle Creek Hotel in Dallas. A native of southern Germany, near the Swiss border, Tauscher grew up in the hospitality industry, working in his family-owned restaurants. He studied business administration at North Texas University and holds a Masters degree in business administration from Newport University in Johannesburg. Tauscher began his hotel career upon completion of management training at Brenner’s Park Hotel in Baden-Baden, Germany, and Le Bristol in Paris, France.
Mandarin Oriental is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. In total, the Group operates 18 luxury hotels in key business and leisure destinations, with three additional hotels under development, including New York (opening late 2003), Washington D.C. (opening 2004) and Tokyo (opening 2006). Mandarin Oriental now operates some 7,000 rooms in eleven countries with nine hotels in Asia, six in The Americas and three in Europe.