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Stephan Faessler Appointed Director of Food and Beverage
at the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon 


25 June 2009 - Mövenpick Hotel Saigon has appointed Mr. Stephan Faessler as the hotelís Director of Food and Beverage. He studied English in New Zealand, worked in 5-star hotels in his native Switzerland and honed his F&B skills in Thailand. Now, Stephan Faessler is lending his talents and knowledge to Mövenpick Hotel Saigon, where he has taken on the role of Director of Food & Beverage. Faessler recently took a moment to discuss his road to Ho Chi Minh, the new culinary concepts that are about to emerge at Mövenpick Hotel Saigon, and more Ö
 
Tell us about your path to Saigon. Where are you from, where did you study, and why Vietnam?
 
I studied at the Swiss Hotel Management School Belvoirpark in Zurich, Switzerland, after seven years of intensive work experience as a chef within Switzerland, where I grew up. After five years working in food and beverage and related fields in Thailand, I moved on to Vietnam to broaden my mind and experience more of Asia. I will hit the magic 30 (years old) this year, 11 of which have been spent in the hospitality industry. I fell in love at first sight here ó my white Vespa Super Ď65er ó and now Iím driving her around each weekend.
            
What brought you to Mövenpick Hotel Saigon? Whatís your mission and vision here?
 
It was part luck, part networking, part desire to take on a new challenge. I was also attracted to the fact that Mövenpick is an international hotel and resort group with Swiss origin. Mövenpick is very committed to its so-called cornerstones, which form a philosophy that helps us achieve our core vision.
            
What makes Mövenpick Saigonís F&B different from other 5-star hotels in Vietnam?
 
It is the upcoming F&B projects that will make us different. Mövenpick Hotel Saigon is about to undergo an extensive refurbishment. Guests and regulars will enjoy a new set of fresh F&B venues, concepts and experiences. Itís exciting to be a part of the shaping of that.
            
Whatís your feeling about the country here and its people? Specifically, how have you adjusted to its culture and what do you enjoy about your colleagues?

Moving from Thailand, another Southeast Asian country, does certainly help to get accustomed to Vietnamís people and environment. I was there for five yearsólong enough to feel comfortable making the switch to Vietnam. The countries have a lot of similarities, both spiritual and cultural. The city in general reflects a charming and peaceful ambience, and its boulevard-style city centre makes it the perfect venue for shopping and dine-outs. I havenít seen much of the country yet, but I will. As for my Vietnamese colleagues, Iíve found it very easy to get on with them. They are driven, friendly and polite.
 
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with 12,000 employees, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The international hotel group with roots in Switzerland is expanding and has a stated objective of increasing its hotel portfolio to 100 by the year 2010. With two hotel types, business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has clearly positioned itself in the 4 and 5-star segment. The hotel group stands for uncompromising product and service quality and is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).

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Contact:

Huong Lan
PR Coordinator
Mandarin Media
Tel: +84 54   3931 090

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Also See: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Takes Over Management of the Former Omni Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City; The Site Was Headquarters of Americaís Central Intelligence Agency During the Vietnam War / July 2008
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