Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong Announces Key Appointments

Opening end of 2012, the seaside hotel draws a trio of expert executives

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

, a 325-room seaside hotel opening end of 2012, has expanded its team of senior executives. Ms. Marianna Tang has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Peter Chan has assumed duties as Director of Finance and Mr. Derek Chu was named Director of Operations.

Responsible for the property’s opening later this year, the three industry experts join a collaborative work environment headed by Ms Anne Busfield, Auberge Discovery Bay’s General Manager.

Ms Marianna Tang: Capitalising on over 20 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industries, Marianna oversees management of Auberge Discovery Bay’s sales and marketing operations. A graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management, Marianna first gained insight into the regional travel scene while working at British Caledonian Airways and later Swissair.

After turning her focus to hotel management, Marianna held leading sales positions with Harbour Plaza Hotels and Resorts and The Sherwood Taipei. Prior to joining Auberge Discovery Bay, Marianna was Director, Global Sales North Asia for the Pan Pacific Hotels Group where she played an integral role in increasing occupancy and room revenue in the region.

Familiar with hotel launches, Marianna was involved in the opening of Hong Kong’s five-star The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, as well as The Harbour Plaza Hong Kong. 

Mr. Peter Chan: A veteran of the hospitality industry, Peter has worked with a number of hotel operators during his 30-year career. From his earliest job as financial accountant at Hong Kong’s famed Excelsior Hotel, Peter’s comprehensive resume includes senior positions with various hotels, including Ramada Renaissance Hong Kong (currently Langham Hotel Hong Kong), Conrad Hong Kong and Grand Lisboa, Macao.

A member of Hotel Controllers & Accountants Association, Peter is a graduate from the Educational Institute of American Hotel Motel Association (AHMA) with a degree in CHA Hotel Management.

In 2010, Peter was named Director of Finance for Sands Cotai Central, Macao, supervising the financial operations of both the Conrad and Holiday Inn hotels during the opening stage and directing a team of 30 employees. After 18 months in this role, Peter accepted the position of Auberge Discovery Bay’s Director of Finance where he will be responsible for leading the hotel’s financial performance and business planning.

Mr. Derek Chu: Derek’s 25-year career in hospitality has afforded him a wealth of experience to fulfill his duties as Auberge Discovery Bay’s Director of Operations. As well as holding senior roles with the Regal and Peninsula hotel groups, he also played a significant role in opening the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Japan, and Cathay Pacific’s VIP Lounge, The Cabin. 

Having worked with a variety of hotel brands, Derek has the skills, expertise and understanding of hotel trends required for his current position. Aside from managing the hotel opening, Derek will oversee operations to ensure guest satisfaction, service quality and team member productivity.

“We are fortunate to have these three professionals joining our team,” said General Manager Anne Busfield. “With their shared global experience, business acumen and credentials of opening premium hotel properties, we are confident that Auberge Discovery Bay’s opening later this year will generate considerable interest in the regional hospitality market.”

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About Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

Opening end of 2012, Auberge Discovery Bay comprises 325 superbly appointed rooms and suites. Featuring unobstructed sea views, the hotel will offer a range of leisure and event venues. Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong is a registered trademark and a wholly owned subsidiary of HKR International Ltd (HKRI), a Hong Kong public listed company. Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong is in no way affiliated or associated with any other international property or resort companies.

About HKR International Limited

HKR International Limited has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 1989, under the Stock Code of 00480. The Company has diversified interests in real estate development and investment, property management, luxury hotels and serviced apartments, property related manufacturing, healthcare services and other investments in Hong Kong, Mainland China and across Asia.