Grand Hyatt Taipei has tapped a veteran of the hospitality industry in Asia, Sammy Carolus, to lead the property and its 1,000 staff as general manager.
Carolus previously was general manager of Thailand’s Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.
He relocates to Taipei with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
He started as a sales executive with Hyatt Bali in his home country of Indonesia in 1992 and later served as associate director of business development and director of business development at Grand Hyatt Bali.
In 2003, he became director of marketing for Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.
A year later, he was transferred to Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, where he helped launch several first-of-its-kind initiatives in the region, including the first residential-style event facility in the Asia Pacific region and Bangkok’s first residential spa.
He was promoted to executive assistant manager of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok in 2009.
Carolus took on his first general manager role in 2010, when he was selected to lead Hyatt Regency Hua Hin in the Gulf of Thailand.
“Taipei is one of Asia’s most alluring destinations,” Carolus said.
“With its amazing landscapes, irresistible culinary scene, world class museums and friendly people, I can’t think of a more inviting gateway to a continent.”
Last April, Grand Hyatt Taipei celebrated its 25th anniversary with a grand relaunch party after a top-to-toe renovation of all 853 rooms and suites.
Beyond the rooms, the hotel redesigned its Club Lounge, and opened two completely new restaurants, Yun Jin and Café.
The hotel is planning another major restaurant opening, The Steakhouse, later this year.