DoubleTree by Hilton, one of the fastest growing brands in the Hilton portfolio, today announced key leadership appointments for two of its upcoming properties in Thailand: DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort, a 290-room resort located directly across Patong Beach, and DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit, a 251-room city hotel in the heart of vibrant Bangkok.
“As we appoint the general managers and commercial directors at the two upcoming properties in Thailand, I am confident they will help bring the brand’s outstanding hospitality to life for guests traveling for work, pleasure or something in between,” said Peter Webster, regional general manager, Hilton, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. “These appointments underscore Hilton’s commitment to creating great careers and developing the best talent in the company to grow our exceptional hotel portfolio.”
Both DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort and DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit welcome general managers and commercial directors prior to their scheduled openings in the third quarter of 2019. The new team members bring a wealth of experience and skills to their positions.
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort
General Manager Tim Tate
Born and raised in Australia, Tim Tate has more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry and boasts a strong operational background. Attracted to the vibrancy of the hospitality industry in Asia, Tate has worked in Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives, and was most recently the director of operations of Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. Tate has a keen interest in sustainability and is the project champion driving the operation effectiveness of Hilton properties in South East Asia towards supporting Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 goal to cut the company’s environmental footprint in half and double investment in social impact.
In his new role, Tate will be responsible for all operational and commercial aspects of the resort, as well as delivering the signature CARE (Creating A Rewarding Experience) culture for which DoubleTree by Hilton is known for.
Commercial Director Nitin Narayanan
Nitin Narayanan is a 2015 graduate of Hilton’s India & South East Asia management trainee program. Narayanan started his career at Hilton Chennai and specializes in revenue management, with his most recent role as the assistant revenue manager of Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, where he supported the team in earning a high revenue generation index.
In his new role as the commercial director, Narayanan will be responsible for designing and implementing strategic plans to drive new revenue opportunities to increase sales, revenue and reservations at DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort.
DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit
General Manager Jean-Philippe De Haes
With 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jean-Philippe De Haes boasts diverse skills and has a strong background in finance, operations and commercial aspects. Prior to his new role, De Haes was the general manager of Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport where he led the team to a successful opening and was awarded Hilton’s Asia Pacific Thrive Award 2017/2018, an internal award recognizing team members’ high satisfaction and engagement rates. De Haes joined Hilton in 2005 and has since built his career with the company, establishing experience in his work across multiple geographies, including Europe, U.S. and Asia.
Commercial Director Srisuda Saeng-Arun
With more than 12 years of hospitality experience across operation and revenue management functions, Srisuda Saeng-Arun was most recently the e-commerce and revenue manager of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, where she supported the reservation, revenue and e-commerce team to a successful opening in August 2018. In her new position, Saeng-Arun will oversee the strategic commercial plan to drive sales and increase revenue for the hotel.
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort and DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit will be part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app. Book direct at Hilton.com, through the Hilton Honors app or through other official Hilton channels for more perks and a price match guarantee.