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Tony Cousens Joins Jumeirah as the Senior Vice President Asia Pacific


Dubai, April 29, 2008 - Jumeirah, the dynamic Dubai-based luxury international hospitality management group and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced today the appointment of Tony Cousens to the position of senior vice president Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

“It is an honor to join an energetic company in such an exciting phase of its expansion, especially as we develop Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and brand in Asia Pacific.  This includes the opening of the Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in Shanghai in late 2008, Jumeirah’s first hotel in China and flagship property in the Asia Pacific region as well the Jumeirah Private Island Phuket opening in 2009,” commented Tony Cousens. “I am impressed with the Jumeirah Group’s vision and commitment to excellence.”
Tony, who possesses dual British and Canadian nationality, has over 30 years of luxury hospitality experience, of which he has spent a significant part in the Asia Pacific region. Tony has managed some of the world’s greatest hotels including The Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore and Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Canada which were both Leading Hotels of the World. Prior to joining Jumeirah, Tony has worked in senior positions for some of the world’s leading hotel companies including Le Meridien Hotels Group and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. 
“We are very pleased to welcome Tony to the Jumeirah team in what is a very exciting time for all of us,” said Guy Crawford, chief executive officer of the Jumeirah Group. “Tony’s extensive international luxury hospitality experience and knowledge will help us to further build, develop and manage the key strengths of the Jumeirah brand in the Asia Pacific region, a geographical growth market of high strategic importance to us.”
Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah properties are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The dynamic Dubai-based luxury international hospitality management group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park South in New York.
The Group’s activities are, however, not restricted to hotel and resort management. The Jumeirah Group portfolio also includes Wild Wadi, regarded as one of the premier water parks outside of North America; The Emirates Academy, the region’s only third-level academic institution specializing in the hospitality and tourism sectors; The Taste Department, the company’s dedicated restaurant division; global spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Living, the Group’s luxury brand of serviced residences offering effortless living in luxurious surroundings; and Jumeirah Retail, with its fourteen stores and dedicated luxury retail website
Building on this success, Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding in 2004, a collection of leading Dubai based businesses and projects, in a step that aims to initiate a new phase of growth and development for the group. 
Jumeirah has extensive expansion plans to grow its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts into key gateway or letterhead cities and aspirational resort destinations worldwide. Currently, the Group has several luxury five-star properties under development, including five in Dubai and others in Abu Dhabi, Aqaba, Doha, Phuket, Mallorca and London, among others. The Group is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in late 2008, Jumeirah’s first hotel in China and flagship property in the Asia Pacific region.


Maria Andriano/Caroline Klein

Also See: Guy Crawford Named Corporate Director of Operations for Jumeirah International / June 2002


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