The Executive Committee (ExCom) at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has started its ‘Grand Tour of Asia’ with visits to Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Phuket.
The stopover is part of the leadership team’s two-and-half-week trip to meet colleagues, hotel owners and key partners in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia, which started on August 20 and will run until September 6.
Thailand is where Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts debuted in Asia with the opening of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket in 2006. Today the company operates five properties in three destinations, Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya, with four more set to open by the end of next year. Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai and Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai will open this year, while Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin and Mövenpick Resort Mai Khao Beach Phuket are set for completion in 2018, adding more than 700 keys to the market.
Olivier Chavy, president and CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts said: “Thailand is strategically important for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. It is not only the gateway to Asia and one of the region’s most flourishing hospitality markets, but has strong development potential for our company — by 2020, more than 30% of our properties in Asia will be located in key destinations across the country.”
Andrew Langdon, chief development officer, said: “We will have at least 30 properties under our management in Asia by the end of the decade and looking beyond 2020, we expect our property development activity across the continent to become a bigger percentage of our total portfolio.
“We are on track to open four new hotels and resorts this year – two in Thailand (Chiang Mai and Khao Yai) one in the Philippines (Boracay), our second property in the country and another in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, our second hotel in China.”