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Kurt Wachtveitl To Retire As GM Of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

(From left): Thananan Vilailuck, President, Samart I-Mobile Public Co., Ltd.; United States Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Mr. Eric G. John and Mrs. Sophie John; Robert Parker, Kurt Wachtveitl; Chef Marc Haeberlin; and Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s Executive Chef Norbert Kostner.

OHTL Public Company Limited (OHTL) has announced that Kurt Wachtveitl has informed the board of his decision to retire after 41 years as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Mr Wachtveitl will also resign from his position as Managing Director of OHTL on the same date.

During his long and illustrious career, Mr Wachtveitl has been instrumental in positioning Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok as one of the world’s best luxury hotels, which has regularly attracted accolades and awards from respected travel associations and publications worldwide. Mr Wachtveitl has also received recognition as one of the world’s best General Managers, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Hotel Investment Conference (HICAP) in 2006 and more recently, the 2008 Independent Hotelier of the World award from Hotels Magazine, USA.

“For four decades, Khun Kurt, as he is affectionately known in Thailand, has been an integral part of the success of this legendary hotel and has played a significant role in the global recognition of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He has shown tireless commitment and devotion to his guests and his colleagues, providing the best example of gracious hospitality in the global hotel industry. All of us at Mandarin Oriental salute this incredible lifetime achievement,” said Mr Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Kurt Wachtveitl will be succeeded by Jan Goessing, a long term hotel industry veteran who has spent the past 14 years with Mandarin Oriental in senior management positions throughout Asia and The Americas, including the Group’s flagship hotel in Hong Kong. From 1998 to 2006, Mr Goessing was General Manager of the Group’s former property in Hawaii, Kahala Mandarin Oriental, during which time it became well established as one of the best urban resorts in the region, winning many important international accolades and awards. Since early 2006, he has been General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC and has been instrumental in positioning the property as one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. During his tenure the hotel has been presented with numerous awards, including “Best Hotel in the World” from Institutional Investor in 2007 and “Top Hotels in the USA” in the 2008 Zagat survey.

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