KEN FREER has been appointed to the newly-created role of director of global marketing for Tourism Fiji. Freer has more than 15 years of experience in Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles and London. Most recently he served as Tourism New Zealand’s regional marketing communications manager in the UK.
CARSTEN LIMA has been named as Design Hotels’ new area director for Asia Pacific. With 20 years’ experience, Lima joins the company from at Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), where he served as head of sales worldwide. He has also worked for Thomas Cook, British Airways and Epoque Hotels.
MOHAMAD ISLAHUDIN ABDULLAH has been announced as Travelport’s new general manager for Malaysia. With more than 12 years’ experience in the travel and automotive industries, Islahudin joins from Abacus Malaysia, where he spent 10 years in a range of senior management positions.
BRANDON CHAN has become the new director of sales & marketing – Asia Pacific, for Design Hotels. Chan has considerable experience in the hotel industry, having held sales and marketing positions with companies including Starwood, Hyatt, Raffles, Shangri-La, Meritus and, most recently, Alila.
ROLAND STEINER has been appointed general manager of the Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace. He moves to the hotel from the Crowne Plaza Beijing Park View Wuzhou, where he was also GM. Steiner will continue in his other role as IHG’s director of operations for central-north China.
JON BOURBAUD has taken over as general manager of the Bagan Lodge in Myanmar. Bourbaud brings almost two decades of hotel experience to the newly-opened resort, including spells with Accor in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam. Most recently he was GM of La Veranda Resort in Phu Quoc.
CHRISTOPH TROCKER has been named as the new executive chef at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin in Thailand. An Austrian national, Chef Christoph has more than 19 years of culinary experience. He joined Hyatt in 2009 firstly with Grand Hyatt Shenzhen and then at Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai.