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Wharf Hotels Further Strengthens Operations and Sales & Marketing Divisions

Wharf Hotels

Corporate news, 13 July 2021

Hong Kong SAR, China, 13 July, 2021 – Wharf Hotels today announced that it has appointed Simon Chan as Group Director Technical Service, Antony Wong as Group Director Rooms, and on the Sales and Marketing side – Ilona Yim as Group Director Branding and Communications.  
The three directors, complement a robust and diverse team of hospitality professionals at the Hong Kong headquartered Wharf Hotels, and, will notably provide strategic guidance to their respective teams to support the group’s 17 Marco Polo Hotels and Niccolo Hotels across Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Philippines.

Simon Chan, Group Director Technical Service
Simon Chan’s experience as an engineering specialist spans over 20 years.  He will be responsible for implementing and executing maintenance strategies and policies to comply with international safety, quality and environmental aspects at each of the Marco Polo Hotels and Niccolo Hotels.  Reporting to Thomas Salg, Vice President Operations, Simon will manage a hands-on team to oversee high level technical issues.
Prior to joining Wharf Hotels, Simon served at Synergis Management Services Limited.  He also previously held a number of leadership roles at property developers, property management companies and hotels, directing new project installation works and operation service contracts for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, ITC Properties Group Limited, as well as other commercial developments in Shanghai and Hong Kong. 

Antony Wong, Group Director Rooms
In Antony Wong’s new role which also reports to Thomas Salg, Vice President Operations, he will lead Wharf Hotel’s rooms division, focusing on operations, brand standards and initiating strategies and programmes to enhance service quality and operations excellence.
Antony has over two decades of operations experience earned from holding critical roles at The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited – owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels, where he developed customer-centric concepts and continually improved service standards, quality and profitability.  Antony also rendered his in-depth experience at the openings of The Peninsula Hotels in Istanbul, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Yangon, as well as with their multiple retail merchandising outlets in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Seoul.

Looking ahead, Simon and Antony will closely collaborate on new Wharf Hotel projects to drive innovation and the development of enhanced offerings. 

Ilona Yim, Group Director Branding and Communications
Ilona Yim joins Wharf Hotels with more than 15 years’ of experience in the luxury hospitality industry.  She will continue to concentrate her practice in building the group’s corporate reputation and enhancing brand awareness of the hotel portfolio at a global level.  Additionally, her other key focus encompasses fostering story telling through the hotels, brand initiatives and other programmes using today’s most relevant platforms. 
Formerly at Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited, Ilona was Director of Public Relations and later Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications.  She played an active part in overseeing the communication efforts of more than 100 hotels across four continents, guiding over 25 hotel openings and launching regional and global experiential campaigns.

About Wharf Hotels
The Spirit of Discovery

Emanating the spirit of discovery, Wharf Hotels, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd, is based in Hong Kong SAR of China, and currently operates 17 owned or managed hotels under Niccolo or Marco Polo Hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Philippines.  Niccolo Hotels was added to the group’s portfolio in 2015 as the luxury collection, positioning the brand as contemporary chic.  The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, the brand's flagship hotel, was ranked as the top hotel in the city within a year of its opening.  The recent opening of Niccolo Suzhou brings the brand’s collection to five hotels following the successes of Niccolo Chengdu, Chongqing and Changsha.

Marco Polo’s international deluxe hotels in established locations within Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the Philippines maintain their ethos to explore, discover and experience a destination, drawing on the philosophies of their namesake, Marco Polo: an adventurer, a traveller, an entrepreneur and a connoisseur of culture – just as Marco Polo’s modern travellers are today.  Wharf Hotels is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance.  Further details are available at wharfhotels.com.

About DISCOVERY Loyalty
A memorable trip demands more than a comfortable stay.  DISCOVERY, an award-winning global loyalty programme, provides 17 million members recognition and perks across over 570 hotels, resorts and palaces in 85 countries.  Elite members have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture through Local Experiences and distinctive activities that capture an authentic taste of each destination.  For more information, visit discoveryloyalty.com

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Ilona Yim
Group Director Branding & Communications | Wharf Hotels
T +852 2118 7265
E ilona.yim@wharfhotels.com

Connie Chan
Communications Manager | Wharf Hotels
T +852 2118 7292
E connie.chan@wharfhotels.com

Eva Yuan
ASSISTANT COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER | NICCOLO CHANGSHA
T +86 731 8895 8888
E eva.yuan@niccolohotels.com

Fiona Liao
Director of Communications | Niccolo Chengdu
T +86 28 8220 8888 ext. 6802
E fiona.liao@niccolohotels.com

Jayenne Li
Communications Manager | Niccolo Chengdu
T +86 28 8220 8888 ext. 6805
E jayenne.li@niccolohotels.com

Jonina Jin
Communications Manager | Niccolo Chongqing
T +86 23 6508 8888
E jonina.jin@niccolohotels.com

Gracie Hu
Director of Communications | Niccolo Suzhou
T +86 512 6068 8888
E gracie.hu@niccolohotels.com

Mavis Ko
Director of Communications | The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel
T +852 3141 8914
E mavis.ko@niccolohotels.com

Ivy Cai
Digital Marketing & Communications Manager | Marco Polo Jinjiang
T +86 157 5988 9210
E ivy.cai@marcopolohotels.com

Joanna Li
Communications Manager | Marco Polo Lingnan Tiandi Foshan
T +86 757 8250 1840
E joanna.li@marcopolohotels.com

Bebe Zhao
Digital Marketing & Communications Manager | Marco Polo Parkside Beijing
T +86 10 5963 6569
E bebe.zhao@marcopolohotels.com

Sherry Du
Communications Manager | Marco Polo Wuhan
T +86 27 8275 8328
E sherry.du@marcopolohotels.com

Anthony Yan
Director of Sales & Marketing | Marco Polo Xiamen
T +86 592 509 1888 ext. 8668
E anthony.yan@marcopolohotels.com

Anissa Wong
Director of Communications | Gateway Hotel, Hong Kong
T +852 2118 7281
E anissa.wong@marcopolohotels.com

Anissa Wong
Director of Communications | Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
T +852 2118 7281
E anissa.wong@marcopolohotels.com

Anissa Wong
Director of Communications | Prince Hotel, Hong Kong
T +852 2118 7281
E anissa.wong@marcopolohotels.com

Melissa Ferrer
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS | MARCO POLO ORTIGAS, MANILA
T +63 2 7720 7777
E melissa.ferrer@marcopolohotels.com

Karen Hassim
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER | MARCO POLO PLAZA, CEBU
T +63 32 253 1111
E karen.hassim@marcopolohotels.com

Eva Yang
Assistant Director of Communications | Maqo Changsha
T +86 0731 8296 8888
E eva.yang@maqohotels.com

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