Swiss International Hotels & Resorts Announces Key Executives in Greater China

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Swiss International Hotels & Resorts today announced it has appointed the following key executives for Greater China

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Don Li holds the position of Chief Executive of Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China) and is based at the Corporate Headquarter in Shanghai.
Prior to joining Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China), Don was Regional Vice President of Development for the Wyndham Hotel Group International. During these eight years, he directly contributed to the rapid expansion of the five Wyndham brands in China and Japan. With over two decades of hospitality experiences in China and the United States, Don has served with the Marriot, Shangri-La and Wyndham hotel groups in various capacities, including operations, sales & marketing, yield management and organizational learning & development.

A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Don holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Don has received the “Golden Vessel” Award from the China Hotel Association in 2008 and the Asia Hotel Forum “Outstanding President of China Hotel Industry” Award in 2011.

Patrick Lo: Vice President - Design and Planning

A Hong Kong and Australian national, Patrick has broad experiences in the architectural and interior design areas in the hotel and mixed-use projects in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Swiss International, he was a partner / director of major international design firms in Australia, Hong Kong and China. Patrick is knowledgeable in luxury hotels and their designs such as St. Regis, Hyatt, Raffles, MGM, Centara Grand, Westin, etc.

Roger Mair: Vice President - Operations

A Swiss national, Roger Mair has 29 years of hospitality experience in South Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and China, with International hotel groups such as Peninsula, Shangri-La, IHG and Accor.
While holding senior operational and managerial positions all these years, Roger opened four deluxe hotels during the last 11 years as General Manager. In Xiamen, he opened the Sofitel and Pullman hotels in 2005 and 2012.
Roger joins Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China) as Vice President Operations of the group, as well as General Manager of their first hotel in China, the Swiss International Hotel Xiamen.

In late January 2012, Swiss International Hotels & Resorts ( announced its entry into China, beginning with the launch of its first 5-star hotel in Xiamen, on 22 April 2012.

The hotel, which has been managed for the first three years by an International brand, will be the foundation on which the Swiss International Hotel Xiamen will be based.

Under the new management of Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China), the 588-room hotel will continue to offer a luxury stay experience, enhanced with the benchmarks of Swiss hospitality, quality and standards.

About Swiss International Hotel Xiamen

Enjoying a prime city location on Xiamen Island, the Swiss International Hotel Xiamen is a contemporary yet classic upscale hotel that offers the savvy business or leisure traveler ultimate comfort and style with breathtaking views.

Well-appointed guest rooms and suites, together with an international variety of dining venues, complement comprehensive meeting, entertainment and recreational facilities.

With easy access to business, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing hubs, the Gaoqi International Airport is a 20-minute ride away. Facing the hotel is Xiamen’s famed Gulangyu Island, with the ferry terminal within a 5-minute walking distance.

About Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China):

A part of the Swiss International Hotels & Resorts group which is currently associated with over 30 hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Swiss International Hotels & Resorts (China) will be developing the upscale brand in Greater China with a view to opening up to 20 hotels in the next three years.

About Swiss International Hospitality Commons:

Swiss International Hospitality Commons is the Holding company for Swiss International Hotels & Resorts, Spirit Inns & Hotels and HEAL & Partners, the consulting and services company. The Company is active in the field of hotel licensing and management.
The Company is operated by a team of industry specialist under the guidance of Henri (Hans) W.R. Kennedie, the President & CEO. The corporate offices are located in Gland (Switzerland). Additional offices are in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Delhi (India) and Shanghai (China). Internationally the Company is operating in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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For inquiries: info (at) swissinternationalhotels (dot) com

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