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Raffles Hotels & Resorts Appoints Thomas B. Meier and
Riaz Mahmood to Area General Manager Positions
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SINGAPORE, 11 July 2006 - Raffles Hotels & Resorts has appointed Mr Thomas B. Meier as Area General Manager, South East Asia & China and Mr Riaz Mahmood as Area General Manager, Indo-China. These appointments were recently announced by Mrs Diana Ee-Tan, Managing Director of Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Executive Vice President of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific.

Thomas Meier joined Raffles Hotels & Resorts in early 2000 and was the Hotel Manager/ General Manager at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh. In 2002, he moved to Singapore where he assumed the position of General Manager, Swissôtel The Stamford before helming the fort at Raffles The Plaza in September 2004. A graduate of the Lausanne Hotel Management School (EHL), Mr Meier possesses more than 10 years of management experience in various countries in Asia.

Under his stalwart leadership, Raffles The Plaza has in the past year, made a triumphant debut entry into the Conde Nast Traveller UK Gold List 2006, emerging as the only hotel in Singapore to be featured. The Hotel also shone as the top hotel in Singapore in the second annual Conde Nast Traveler US Gold List 2006. To add to its impressive achievements, it is also rated one of the top 500 hotels in the world in Travel + Leisure magazine's World's Best Award survey, the T+L 500. Mr Meier continues in his current position as General Manager, Raffles The Plaza, in addition to having enlarged responsibilities as Area General Manager.

Riaz Mahmood joined Raffles Hotels and Resorts in 2000 as the Operations Manager of Swissôtel Sydney.  In 2003 he moved to Cambodia where he assumed the position of Hotel Manager of the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and in 2005 he was appointed General Manager of both Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor.  A graduate of Thames Valley University, Mr Mahmood has more than 15 years of management experience in Asia and Australia.
 


Thomas B. Meier

Riaz Mahmood

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor also received numerous impressive accolades and awards from prestigious luxury travel publications such as the Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the top 500 Hotels in the World.  It was also voted as Cambodia’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards in 2004 and 2005. Mr Mahmood continues as General Manager of both hotels in Cambodia in addition to his Area General Manager responsibilities.

ABOUT RAFFLES HOTELS & RESORTS

Raffles is a collection of 10 luxury hotels around the globe that distinguishes itself through the highest standards of products and services.  Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city and most are positioned at the top of their local markets. The collection of legendary hotels includes Raffles Hotel and Raffles The Plaza in Singapore, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills in the U.S., Raffles Resort Canouan Island, The Grenadines, Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg, Germany and Raffles Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland.  On 27 June 2006, Raffles Beijing Hotel, an iconic landmark in the heart of China’s capital, was re-opened after nine months of careful refurbishment. The romance and splendour of the hotel’s regal past returns, Raffles style. Raffles Hotels & Resorts will open a new Raffles property in Dubai in summer 2007. (www.raffles.com)

In May 2006, the hotel portfolios of Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts were combined following the acquisition of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts by Kingdom Hotels International and Colony Capital, transforming the two companies into a single global enterprise with a vision to become the world leader in the global hospitality industry.  

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Contact:

Marina Wee
Director, Public Relations and Communications
Raffles Hotels & Resorts
Tel : (65) 6430-1183
Fax : (65) 6338-8821
Email : marina.wee@raffles.com
 

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Also See: Ulrike Schassberger and Thomas Meier Recognized as 'Young Hoteliers of the World 2000', by the International Hotel & Restaurant Association / Nov 2000
Raffles International Appoints Four to General Manager Posts / September 2005

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