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InterContinental Hanoi Westlake Makes Four Key Executive
Appointments; Eric Fettke Named Executive Chef
|HANOI (03 Dec. 2008) — After winning TTG’s Best City Hotel
Award for Vietnam last month, Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake is rounding
out its first full year of operation with a slate of critical, new personnel
appointments: Eric Fettke takes charge in the kitchen as executive chef;
Bennett Peter comes on as director of sales and marketing; Tan Hun Seng
assumes responsibility of the books as director of finance & business
support; and Ferdinand Alacar steps up as the new director of engineering.
South African Eric Fettke is a seasoned InterContinental hand, with stints at Sandton Sun & Towers InterContinental Johannesburg and InterContinental Warszawa in Poland. As the Warszawa’s property’s executive chef, Fettke won renown for his creative flair in nuevo Latino, contemporary dining and banqueting fare.
Fettke has a taste for trendy and modern cuisine with an emphasis on artistic presentation. Having cooked for the likes of Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and Mick Jagger, Fettke is no stranger to the high demands of his work. Although modern in his outlook, he was inducted into the Elite society, the “Disciples of Escoffier”, in which he’s promised to uphold the traditions of the kitchen, the transmission of knowledge, respect for culture and the research and implementation of actions for preserving the culinary foundations.
Up from the beaches of Bali, Peter joins the West Lake property with
13 years of experience in media sales and marketing. Over the past
eight years, he has focused his efforts in the hospitality industry His
most recent post was at the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel in Bali.
Tan Hun Seng
The new director of finance and business support, Tan Hun Seng previously worked on the opening of the Crowne Plaza International Airport Beijing. With 20 years experience in Asia, his postings include stints at InterContinental Holiday Inn Tian An Wuhan City Centre and Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh.
Director of Engineering Ferdinand Alacar joins the Hanoi team from Enjay Hotels and InterContinental Manila, where he was promoted from chief engineer to area engineer for Malaysia and the Philippines. His participation in the hotel’s refurbishment, guest room maintenance and training of new staff won him manager of the year in the Employee Recognition Program 2007.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake opened in Dec. 2007 and immediately established itself as an inimitable Hanoi option. Located 10 minutes from the heart of Hanoi, the waterfront hotel evokes a resort-like ambiance with its torch-lit Venetian promenades and hard-to-find airiness in Vietnam’s bustling capital. Conde Nast Traveler recognized the hotel on its 2008 Hot List, the 12th annual round-up of the most compelling new hotels in the world. In TTG’s Travel Awards 2008, the hotel won further renown as Vietnam’s ‘Best City Hotel – Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City’.
At a 43-square-meter minimum, InterContinental’s guest rooms rank as the most spacious in the city. The hotel’s dining options range from Milan, a chic Italian restaurante, to Saigon, a fusion of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, to Café du Lac, a classic brasserie. The Sunset Bar, a stand-alone overwater pavilion with expansive views of the lake, is an icon in the making, and the Diplomat Lounge has emerged as one of Hanoi’s most sophisticated leisure settings, whether for high tea or a glass of wine.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,000 hotels and more than 590,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world.
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|Also See:||The 359 room InterContinental Hanoi Westlake Opens in Vietnam's Capital; Jon Nielsen the Opening General Manager / February 2008|