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Geoffrey Richard Howe Named General Manager
of the Meritus Mingde Shanghai


Singapore, 9 April 2008 – Poised to enhance its portfolio and brand presence, Meritus Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoffrey Richard Howe as General Manager of its latest addition, Meritus Mingde Shanghai, with effect from 9 April 2008.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian & International Studies from Southern Cross University, New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in International Hotel Management from Griffith University, Geoffrey started his hotel career at the Front Office of the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane. Moving on to work with several Australian chain hotels in the Australian states of Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria; Geoffrey has garnered experience in both city and resort hotels. Geoffrey was most recently in the employ of Argyle Hotel Management Group (Australia) holding the double portfolio of Vice President of Operations (China) and General Manager Argyle International Airport Hotel Shanghai.  

Bringing with him 17 years of international experience in city hotels and resorts, Richard brings with him a wealth of knowledge and will undoubtedly spearhead Meritus’ success, leading his team at Meritus Shanghai to a level of premium hospitality.

Slated to open in 2008, Meritus Mingde Shanghai is the latest addition to the Meritus portfolio and its second in Shanghai. Located in the ZhaBei district , one of the nine central districts in Shanghai and envisaged as the new commercial district of the Greater Shanghai, Meritus Mingde is within one and a half kilometres of major shopping malls and Shanghai People’s Square. Charting a total investment in excess of US$100 million, the 26-storey deluxe hotel hosts 288 luxurious guestrooms, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and exciting dining options – Symphony of Taste, the first “Eatertainment” concept in Shanghai that combines lifestyle elements of eating, drinking, chilling, shopping and entertainment
Meritus is a luxury Asian brand that prides itself in offering the finest hospitality for both business and leisure travellers. Trading under a Latin name that denotes ‘deserving of merit’ fused into an Asian mark that depicts quality of excellence and worth, portraying a true representation of our eastern roots with respect towards western sophistication.  We are a Singapore based hotel management company, owned by Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd, with a focus on delivering our signature Asian grace, warmth and care experience. We currently have a diversified portfolio of owned and managed hotels and resorts throughout South East Asia


Ms Pauline Tay
Assistant VP Marketing Communications & Public Relations
Tel: (65) 6831 6050

Also See: Richard Dusome Appointed General Manager of Marina Mandarin Singapore / April 2008


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