Having been recognised as Seychelles’ Leading Hotel by the prestigious World Travel Awards, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles is riding high. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with general manager Christoph Ganster to discuss tourism in the country, what is on offer at the property and what improvements we can expect over the coming year.
In September 2013, Raffles Hotels & Resorts will arrive at a new milestone as expands its collection to ten hotels with the opening of Raffles Hainan – their second property in China. The luxury resort will open in Clearwater Bay, the new hotspot on the southeast coast of Hainan Island – China’s answer to the French Riviera and a rising star in the luxury tourism market.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Simon Hirst to the position of general manager of Raffles Singapore – one of the most famous resorts in the world. One of the UK’s best-known hoteliers, Hirst moves from sister property Raffles Praslin, Seychelles to take up the position in Singapore on August 1st.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced two key general manager appointments in Asia, with Richard Schestak moving from Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, to oversee the opening of Raffles Jakarta, from August 1st 2013. Schestak’s position as general manager in Phnom Penh will be filled by Pieter van der Hoeven, with immediate effect.
Turkish superstar Ece Vahapoğlu has called in at the Raffles Makkah Palace, visiting the property to celebrate its success at the World Travel Awards. The property was recognised by the World Travel Awards at the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel at an event hosted by Vahapoğlu.
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) have appointment Jeff Tisdall as Vice President, Residential Development, Asia Pacific and India. In this newly created position, Tisdall will be responsible for FRHI’s residential development and mixed use projects in Asia Pacific and India.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is expanding its portfolio with the opening of Raffles Makati in Metro Manila. The newest property brings the company to nine hotels and resorts with plans for further openings in Istanbul, Jakarta and Hainan in China over the next 18 months.
Andrew Abram has been appointed general manager of Raffles Dubai, with immediate effect. Abram succeeds Peter French, who was promoted last year to president of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, having held the position of regional vice president - Europe, Middle East & Africa for Raffles Hotels & Resort as well as general manager of Raffles Dubai.
Leading travel company Kuoni is getting in the birthday spirit by helping the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore celebrate its 125th birthday by inviting Kuoni customers to visit this ‘grande dame hotel’ in 2013 and benefit from a free night!
Raffles Spa at Raffles Dubai is acclaimed for offering each discerning guest customised, results-oriented treatments in a luxuriously enchanting, private sanctuary. During the month of October, experience Raffles Spa exceptional signature treatment The Egyptian Gold Facial of real decadence and Middle Eastern luxury.
With more than 25 active hotel developments and many more in its pipeline, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International has announced the appointment of Wayne Taylor as executive vice president, global development. FRHI is the parent company of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.
Having more than tripled its presence in China over the last few years and with many more hotels in the pipeline, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International has announced the appointment of Gao Zhi Xiong as vice president, development, China. In his new role, Gao will be responsible for accelerating portfolio growth across all three of FRHI’s leading brands, while also providing support, guidance and leadership to the company’s existing developments in Chengdu, Nanjing, and Taiyuan.