Pan Pacific is planning to open its first property in the UK, with parent UOL Group snapping up a prime site in central London. UOL Group purchased the Heron Plaza site in Bishopsgate, in the City of London, for £97 million. Previously owned by property investment firm Heron International, the site already has permission for a 43-storey building.
Pan Pacific Hotels has announced the appointment of Kumiko Shafer as director, global sales, North America. Based in San Francisco and working closely with the global sales office in New York, Shafer will lead the global sales strategies for North America with the aim of growing the market and enhancing client engagement to drive revenue for the group’s properties within and outside the region.
In line with its focus on nurturing talent and developing its associates, Pan Pacific Hotels has announced two internal management appointments for its properties in Singapore and Malaysia. Sharmini Moganasundram moves from her general manager role at ParkRoyal Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur to become the group’s first female hotel general manager, in charge of ParkRoyal on Kitchener Road in Singapore.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the appointment of Ilkin Ilyaszade as vice president, corporate hotel management & pre-opening. In his role, Ilyaszade will actively drive the implementation of operational projects and manage all pre-openings to enhance product and service excellence across the Group’s portfolio of over 30 Pan Pacific and ParkRoyal hotels, resorts and serviced suites in Asia, Oceania and North America.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the opening of a new global sales office in Beijing, complementing its existing global sales office in Shanghai to grow its share of the burgeoning Chinese travel market. Over the past year, Pan Pacific Hotels Group has been ramping up its developments in China, where it now owns and/or manages four Pan Pacific properties – namely Pan Pacific Xiamen, Pan Pacific Suzhou, Pan Pacific Ningbo and Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Ningbo.
Seeking to capture some of 31.7 million international travellers expected to visit Malaysia by the end of 2015, the award winning Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport Hotel – with average occupancy levels of 85 per cent - is about to undergo a major refurb programme that will result in a fresh look and feel for all its guest rooms. Mr Hans Winsnes, general manager of the property, speaks to BTN about his cautious optimism for 2012 and why so many guests return to the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur time after time.
Alexandra Schmutterer, Director of Marketing Communications, Pan Pacific Singapore, Asia’s Leading Business Hotel
Pan Pacific Hotels Group announced today that it will open its flagship ParkRoyal hotel, ParkRoyal on Pickering on Upper Pickering Street in Singapore in 2012.
Pan Pacific Hotels has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire the Hilton Melbourne Airport hotel in Australia. This continues the group’s commitment to expanding its hotel property portfolio and hotel management businesses in the Oceania region.
Hotel Plaza Limited has announced the renaming as Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited, to reflect its growing reputation as a leading branded hotel management company. Pan Pacific Hotels Group also announced initiatives aimed at streamlining its operations to achieve greater synergy and efficiency.