Press Release
Corporate Press Release

13 November 2013

Swiss-Belhotel Hires Leading Hospitality Talent to Support Expanding Global Hotel Portfolio

For Immediate Release

13 November, 2013

HONG KONG, CHINA: Swiss-Belhotel International has announced key senior appointments in Hong Kong and mainland China as the hospitality management company continues its strong growth trajectory throughout Asia-Pacific and around the world.

Hong Kong head office: Mr Gordon Coutts joins Swiss-Belhotel International as Group Operations Director and Operations Assistant to the President. For high res image please click here.

The appointments are led by Mr Gordon Coutts, who joins Swiss-Belhotel International as Group Operations Director / Operations Assistant to the President working from the company's corporate head office in Hong Kong.

In China, Mr Josef Woelfle joins as Vice President - Operations China / Group Food and Beverage Director, who will be representing the company on the mainland as Swiss-Behotel International expand their presence in the country.

Swiss-Belhotel International's portfolio currently comprises more than 120 hotels and resorts ranging from two- to five-star brand classifications across Asia and the Middle East, with three hotels opening recently in Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam.

Swiss-Belhotel Chairman and President, Mr Gavin M. Faull, said he was delighted with the executive additions to the team as the hospitality management firm continued to expand.

Changes in China: Mr Josef Woelfle joins Swiss-Belhotel International as Vice President - Operations China / Group Food and Beverage Directo. For high res image please click here.
"At every level, good hospitality relies on good people," said Mr Faull. "It is important for Swiss-Belhotel to have the right people to ensure that our international growth is sustainable, providing benefits to the communities in which we operate and strong value to owners."

Mr Coutts, with 30 years of senior hospitality management experience in China, Australia and Thailand, will manage operations and development in New Zealand, including the company's expansion into Australia, as well as in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Middle East.

Mr Woelfle, who has extensive experience of more than 40 years in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East including working with the Kempinski Hotel in Chengdu, China will be based in Swiss-Belhotel International's office in Shanghai.

Swiss-Belhotel International was recently recognized in the list of the world's top 100 hotel groups compiled by hospitality industry publication, HOTELS Magazine.

For further information and high resolution images please contact:

Brayna Tolledo
Group Communications and Loyalty Programme Manager
Swiss-Belhotel International, Group Sales and Marketing Office
Tel: (62 21) 2952 7277, 2952 7278
Fax: (62 21) 2952 7275, 2952 7276

David Johnson
Managing Director
Delivering Asia Communications
Tel: +66 8 9170 9866

Notes to editors:

Swiss-Belhotel International currently manages a portfolio of more than 120 hotels, resorts and projects located in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Awarded Indonesia's Leading Global Hotel Chain for three consecutive years and Most Favourite 4-Star Hotel, Swiss-Belhotel International is one of the world's fastest-growing international hotel and hospitality management groups. The Group provides comprehensive and highly professional development and management services in all aspects of hotel, resort and serviced residences. Offices are located in Hong Kong, Dubai - United Arab Emirates, Shanghai - China, Sydney - Australia, Hanoi - Vietnam, Jakarta - Indonesia, Bali - Indonesia, Bangkok - Thailand and Auckland - New Zealand.

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