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Wharf Hotels Appoints Marcel Sawyere as General Manager for Marco Polo Lingnan Tiandi Foshan

HONG KONG, CN. August 3, 2017 - Wharf Hotels is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Marcel Sawyere as General Manager for Marco Polo Lingnan Tiandi Foshan in China. A seasoned hotelier with a wealth of experience spanning over 34 years, Sawyere has held leadership roles in hospitality across Asia Pacific.

A graduate of the University of Westminster in London, prior to his current appointment Sawyere was General Manager of Vinpearl Golf and Resort in Vietnam following management roles with Fairmont Hotels, Dusit International in Thailand and Wanda Hotels and Resorts in China.

“It is a pleasure to take over the management of Marco Polo Foshan from Giorgio Olivotti who was recently promoted to General Manager of Niccolo Chongqing, scheduled to open in the coming months. I am proud to join the Wharf Hotels family in the vibrant location of Lingan Tiandi, Foshan’s shopping and entertainment hub, and plan to work with my team to continue showcasing the best of Marco Polo’s warm and welcoming hospitality,” said Sawyere.

Philippe Caretti, Vice President Operations, Wharf Hotels goes on to say, “We are delighted to appoint Marcel Sawyere to lead our hotel in Foshan. With his extensive background in the hotel industry especially in Asian markets, I am confident that he will continue to enhance guest satisfaction resulting in even higher guest loyalty and financial success.”

Sawyere enjoys keeping fit, playing badminton and walking. He regularly explores new restaurants and keeps abreast of travel news.

Marco Polo Foshan opened in 2012 offering 390 guest rooms and suites all with private balconies overlooking the Ancestral Temple and Lingnan Tiandi neighbourhood.

More information about the hotel is available at marcopolohotels.com.

About Wharf Hotels The Spirit of Discovery

Emanating the spirit of discovery, Wharf Hotels, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, is based in Hong Kong and currently operates 14 owned or managed hotels under Niccolo or Marco Polo Hotels in Hong Kong, China and the Philippines. Niccolo Hotels was added to the group’s portfolio in 2015 as the new luxury collection, positioning the brand as contemporary urban chic at its first hotel in Chengdu. Four new Niccolo hotels are currently under development in Hong Kong and China. Marco Polo’s premium hotels in established locations maintain their long-standing ethos to explore, discover and experience a destination, creating unique guest experiences and drawing on the key philosophies of its namesake, Marco Polo: an adventurer, a traveller, an entrepreneur and a connoisseur of culture - just as Marco Polo’s modern travellers are today. Further details on Wharf Hotels are available at wharfhotels.com.

About Global Hotel Alliance

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together 35 brands with 550 hotels in 76 countries. GHA uses a shared technology platform to drive incremental revenues and create cost savings for its member brands. GHA’s award-winning loyalty programme, DISCOVERY, provides over 10 million members exclusive opportunities to immerse themselves in local culture wherever they travel. For more information, visit gha.com.

Contact:
Ms Alka Datwani
alka.datwani@wharfhotels.com
(852) 2118-7265

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