Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Unveils Ambitious Expansion Plans in Thailand and Southeast Asia

Swiss hospitality firm to add seven hotels to its Asia portfolio over the next three years for a total of 15 hotels and resorts in the region

Movenpick, Thailand
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts today announced an extensive growth programme in Thailand and across Asia at the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference 2015 held in Bangkok.

Making their move: Movenpick's South East Asian A-Team: (from left) Jens Reichert, Vice President Development; Holger Jakobs, Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia; and Simon P. Rindlisbacher, Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok General Manager.

The Swiss group will open seven hotels and resorts in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Vietnam over the next three years, with an additional 10 projects under negotiation.

"We are delighted today to unveil our expansion plans in Thailand and throughout the region," said Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Asia.

"They are true to our vision and our purpose which is to grow the brand and maintain our distinct positioning of delivering high quality and authentic hospitality experiences to guests with genuine care and warm service," she added.

The focus of the development will be primarily on Southeast Asia and add to a current portfolio of eight hotels in operation in Asia, four of which are in Thailand, the hospitality management company's biggest market in the region.

The Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok opened most recently in a prime downtown location and will be followed in the first quarter of next year by the 264-room Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya positioned for family and meetings business on Jomtien Beach.

The Team
The new hotels in key tourism and business destinations in Thailand add to three Mövenpick hotels in Phuket and Koh Samui for a total of five hotels in Thailand by 2017. Further hotels to open across the region are:
  • Mövenpick Hotel & State Guest House Chifeng, China
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia
  • Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Kuala Terrengganu, Malaysia
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Quy Nhon, Vietnam 

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' expansion this year will also include opening the Mövenpick Hotel Kochi in Kerala India, two hotels in the Saudi Arabia, the Mövenpick Hotel Star City Jeddah and the Mövenpick Hotel Riyadh as well as a property in Morocco.

Mövenpick's hospitality brand, capturing a combination of high quality experiences and affordable luxury delivered by highly trained staff has seen Southeast Asia investors take note. "We have seen very strong demand. Our brand philosophy and values has caught the intention of investors and developers as we are excited about the potential for further growth in the region," added Mr Mattmüller.

Existing hotels in Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' Asia portfolio are as follows:
  • Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Resort Laem Yai Beach Samui, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, Singapore
  •  Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, Vietnam
  •  Mövenpick Hotel Enshi, China
  •  Mövenpick Resort Mactan Island Cebu, Philippines

Movenpick, Chifeng, China
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 25 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai (Thailand), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Tunis (Tunisia). Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).

For more info please visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com

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