New appointment for Raffles Hotels

New appointment for Raffles Hotels

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is promoting seasoned hotelier Peter French to the role of Regional Vice President - Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Mr French will continue his role as General Manager for Raffles Dubai.  In his new role he will take on operational oversight for Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris and Raffles Praslin Seychelles as well as new Raffles hotels under development in EMEA.

John Johnston, President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts said: “Peter‘s outstanding job in leading the team in Dubai is reflected in the hotel’s impressive performance. He brings a wealth of international luxury experience to Raffles with in-depth background in operations, sales and marketing, human resources, finance, redevelopment, repositioning and transition.  We are embarking on a new phase of expansion and Peter’s experience in project development will be invaluable.  I am delighted to make this appointment.”

Over the course of his career, Peter French has been involved with luxury hotel operations around the globe, building up a formidable reputation, at home in the UK, and throughout the industry. He was General Manager / VP of Operations & Development for Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group from 1975-1986.  He returned to Hong Kong as General Manager to lead the complete renovation and repositioning of its flagship hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, from 2004-2009.

A seasoned and accomplished hotelier, Peter has also worked as General Manager in prestigious hotels including The Sukothai in Bangkok, The Carlyle in New York and Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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Peter was nominated for “Hotel Manager of the Year” by the American Hotel and Catering Institute and Virtuoso, The Association of American Travel Agents.  He is a Fellow of Hotel Catering and Institutional Management Association.

Raffles Hotels has five new properties in the pipeline over the next 18 months.