Fabrice Lehmann has been appointed Deputy General Manager in charge of two properties in Laos, the Villa Maly Boutique Hotel and the Kamu Lodge Experience. Both are owned by the French-owned, Ho Chi Minh City-based Apple Tree Group.
Villa Maly is a 33-room boutique hotel that is anchored by a vintage colonial-era villa, once the home of a distinguished royal family. The Kamu Lodge Experience is a collection of 20 riverfront safari tents and thatched bungalows on the Mekong River, 35 kilometers upstream from Luang Prabang.
After receiving his hospitality degree from Lycée d'Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Val de Loire in Blois, France, Lehmann began his career in France, then moved internationally to posts in Chile, Monaco and Mauritius prior to Laos.
Ayla Hotels & Resorts appoints new Hotel Manager
Ayla Hotels and has named Ahmad Al Araj to the position of Hotel Manager. Al Araj will be responsible for over-all processes and day-to-day operation of Ayla Hotel, while Mohamed Soussan, General Manager, will be focused on further growth and expansion of Ayla Hotels and Resorts.
Ahmad Al Araj gained experience as Director of Sales Marketing in international chains such as InterContinental, Rotana, Millennium and Copthorne and Cristal Hotels, while his last appointment was Hotel Manager in Iraq for Cristal Hotels. A fifteen-year veteran, Al Araj began his career in Al Ain and his appointments took him across Middle East including UAE, Iraq and Sudan.
His main focus in Ayla Hotel will be maintaining a leading position in Al Ain market, guest's satisfaction, profitability and employee morale, as well as overseeing the opening of Ayla Bawadi Hotel in the upcoming months.
Ayla Hotels and Resorts Management Company has announced the opening of 2 properties in Al Ain in the first and second quarter of 2014: a 4-star hotel adjacent to Bawadi Mall, Ayla Bawad, and the 5 star Ayla Grand Hotel located opposite Al Ain Mall.
Benchmark names Nate Waldron Director of Operations for The Heldrich
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Nate Waldron Director of Operations for The Heldrich, a Benchmark Hotel located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Previously Waldron was Director of Conference Services for The Heldrich, a position to which he was appointed in 2008 upon rejoining Benchmark Hospitality International. He also served as Director of Conference Services for Dolce Basking Ridge, New Jersey, which Benchmark Hospitality operated at that time as the North Maple Inn.
Rex Loh new Director of Sales and Marketing of InterContinental Singapore
Rex Loh has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of InterContinental Singapore by General Manager, Shantha de Silva. He joins from The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, bringing with him over 15 years of experience helming sales, marketing and revenue functions in the hospitality industry.
Rex began his hospitality career at Shangri-La Singapore in 1999, where he rose through the ranks to become Assistant Director of Business Development (MICE), before joining The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore as associate director of sales in 2003.
A Singapore national, Rex graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a major in travel industry management. He is also a certified meeting professional since 2004, as conferred by the internationally recognized United States based Convention Industry Council.