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Vol 38 March 2013

SHOW US THE DOUGH The bakery sector explodes in Asia

DESIGNS ON YOUR RESTAURANT How a refit can make the difference

COOKING THE BOOKS Pizza ovens mean hot profits

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Over the past seven years, George Harb has worked as Travelports Asian commercial director and marketing director Asia Pacific. Now hes taken another step upwards, to become managing director for China, responsible for the companys strategic business opportunities.
George Harb Mark Eletr

From Vietnam to Thailand, Mark Eletr moves to Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa as general manager, leaving Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa, where he held the position of general manager for two years. Hailing from Australia, he originally joined the hospitality industry in 1996, having trained as a civil engineer.

Marcel Kromhout who has notched up 27 years in the luxury hospitality industry is the new director of sales and marketing at the Indigo Pearl in Phuket, overseeing the resorts principle travel agent and tour operator relationships. He joins the resort from The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, where he held the position of director of sales and marketing. From waiter to receptionist to front office supervisor, Phan Trong Minh has worked his way up through the ranks step by step. So his appointment as general manager of La Rsidence Htel & Spa in Hue is a fitting milestone after 20 years in the hotel industry. Whats more, the Hue native is the first Vietnamese to head up the hotel, after a string of foreign GMs. South African general manager Shane Krige is likely to have his hands full in the run-up to this summer, when The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore opens. He moved to India from the United States, where he was general manager of The Plaza New York, where he led the three-year US$450 million renovation.

Marcel Kromhout

David Cumming

Prior to joining ONYX corporate office, David Cumming was running Amaris leading resort property, Amari Orchid. In his new role as vice president of operational development, he will be working on the pre-opening phases of new hotels globally. A British national, he brings with him a wealth of experience from UK, Egypt, the UAE, Oman and Thailand. Simon Dells most recent role was general manager of the Amari Hua Hin. In his new position, vice president operations ONYX North Asia, he will be responsible for the opening of the groups first OZO property, OZO Wesley Hong Kong, as well as overseeing the operations of ONYXs North Asia division.

Phan Trong Minh

Simon Dells

The new general manager of Amari Hua Hin is Christoph Leonhard. A German national with over 17 years of hospitality experience, he joined Amari originally in 2000 as executive assistant manager at Amari Watergate Bangkok, and returned in 2009 as the general manager of Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui.
Shane Krige Christoph Leonhard

Frank Pang is the Concorde Hotel Singapores new assistant training manager, responsible for the hotels training and development functions. Having previously worked for Marina Bay Sands, he is tasked with managing the delivery of the hotels training programmes as well as building a committed and motivated team of hosts.
Frank Pang Martin Kunzmann

Martin Kunzmann, general manager of Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui, is no stranger to the Amari group. Growing up with a hotelier father, Martin lived in Amari Don Muang Bangkok for two years while his father managed that property, making Martin a second generation Kunzmann Amari GM.

Patrick Both has been appointed general manager of Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa. He moves from his most recent position as general manager at Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa in Vietnam, bringing with him 18 years of diverse international hotelier experience.
Patrick Both Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly, general manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, brings to his new role over 12 years of experience in successful hotel operations management from across Thailand and Australia with Sheraton, Accor, Darling Harbour Hotels, and Sofitel. Before joining ONYX, he directed the opening of the first Aloft Hotel in Southeast Asia as general manager.


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