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Millennium and Copthorne Appoint Melvin Lim
and Ruprecht Schmitz to GM Posts

1 December 2009, Singapore: Millennium and Copthorne International Limited (MCIL) is pleased to announce Mr Melvin Lim’s new appointment as General Manager at the Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, as well as Mr Ruprecht Schmitz’s promotion to General Manager of Orchard Hotel Singapore. 

Mr Melvin Lim

After almost five years managing two Millennium & Copthorne International hotels in Singapore- namely M Hotel and then Orchard Hotel, Mr Melvin Lim, who is currently General Manager at Orchard Hotel Singapore, will be taking the helm at our flagship-brand, 5-star Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur Hotel effective 10 December 2009. 

Mr Lim brings with him a wealth of experience honed from his 18 years of experience as general manager and senior sales and marketing positions at several international luxury hotels and serviced residences in Asia, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar. With vast knowledge and industry expertise, he will contribute significantly to the growth of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur Hotel, conveniently located along the shopping and entertainment belt on Jalan Bukit Bintang- right next to KL’s latest shopping icon, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur!

Mr Lim commented, “It is a great honour for me to be working for the fast-growing international chain of Millennium & Copthorne and I am very excited to be appointed to undertake the task of maintaining the Grand Millennium excellence.” 

Mr Ruprecht Schmitz 

Succeeding Mr Lim as General Manager at Orchard Hotel Singapore from 1 December 2009 is our current Executive Assistant Manager (EAM), Mr Ruprecht Schmitz.  He is no stranger to the Hotel or to Singapore as he has been EAM of the Hotel since 2006. 

Mr Schmitz will be taking on expanded responsibility for all aspects of Orchard Hotel’s operations. He will also spearhead the development of its business thus ensuring continued success for this 653-room five-star hotel, situated in the heart of the world famous Orchard Road and home to well-known and celebrated Chinese restaurant Hua Ting Restaurant and Orchard Café.

With 15 years of international experience in the hospitality industry, Mr Schmitz has worked in management positions with various International hotel chains in Europe and joined Millennium Hotel Paris Opera in 2003. In 2006, he was posted to Orchard Hotel as the Executive Assistant Manager where he assisted the General Manager with the day-to-day operation of the hotel.

Speaking of his position, German-born Ruprecht Schmitz, who is trilingual in German, English and French, remarked, “I am very happy to be given this opportunity to move to the next level.  Together with the a remarkable management team, we will continue to create memorable experiences for all our guests and achieve greater operational excellence and growth.”

“Melvin has been a great asset to Orchard Hotel and we are delighted to have his contribution at our flagship-brand, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur.  We wish him well and have full confidence that he will carry out his duties admirably,” said Mr Richard Hartman, Chief Executive Officer of Millennium & Copthorne International Ltd. 

“We would also like to congratulate Ruprecht on his well deserved promotion. Having been with Orchard Hotel for more than three years, Ruprecht’s familiarity with the hotel will serve him well in his first appointment as General Manager. Under his leadership, we are certain that Orchard Hotel’s position as a leading hotel in Singapore’s premier uptown shopping belt will further be strengthened.”

“This is a perfect example of nurturing our future leaders and I hope to inspire individuals to upgrade and challenge themselves in their work through continuous learning.” added Mr Hartman.

Orchard Hotel Singapore
Situated on Singapore’s renowned Orchard Road, the city-state’s shopping and entertainment belt, Orchard Hotel offers 653 tastefully appointed guest rooms in characteristically unique twin buildings – Orchard Wing (325-room) and Claymore Wing (328-room). Orchard Hotel promises cosmopolitan elegance and comfort, complemented by a wide selection of cuisines in award-winning restaurants – Hua Ting Restaurant and the Orchard Café. Other dining outlets include La Terrasse which serves authentic Teochew porridge buffet and Intermezzo Bar which offers lively entertainment and refreshing cocktails perfect for wind-down sessions. Guests staying at Orchard Hotel will enjoy its perfect location and choice offerings for shopping, business entertainment and relaxation. Orchard Hotel is owned by CDL Hospitality Trusts

CDL Hospitality Trusts is a stapled group comprising CDL Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust (“H-REIT”), a real estate investment trust and CDL Hospitality Business Trust, a business trust. CDL Hospitality Trusts is listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange. 

H-REIT is the first hotel real estate investment trust in Singapore and owns a portfolio of hotels in Singapore and New Zealand.


Amy Ang
Director of Marketing Communications
Tel: (65) 6739 6595  Fax: (65) 6734 2231

Also See: Melvin Lim Appointed General Manager of the Orchard Hotel Singapore / October 2008
Rene Teuscher Appointed General Manager of the Orchard Hotel Singapore / September 2007

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