(04 Mar 2022, 11:48 +07)
S Hotels and Resorts, the hospitality arm of Singha Estate,
Bart Callens as Cluster General Manager of the SAii Phi Phi
Island Village and SAii Laguna Phuket resorts in Thailand.
A Belgium national, Bart has
more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
A significant part of Bart’s professional life has
been spent with InterContinental Hotels Group where he rose from
the position of Restaurant Manager at InterContinental Mayfair in
London to become Director of Food & Beverage at InterContinental
New Orleans in the USA in 2005.
2 and a half years with Langham Place Hotel Mongkok in Hong Kong
and 2 years 4 months at Kerzner Group’s Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco,
Bart returned to IHG in 2011 to become Resident Manager of the Crowne
Plaza West Hanoi in Vietnam.
Bart stayed in Hanoi for just over two years
before moving to Thailand to work as GM of the Holiday Inn Bangkok
Sukhumvit in 2014.
His first posting in Phuket came in 2016 as GM of
the Holiday Inn Resort, a role IHG expanded in 2019 when the
company promoted Bart to Area General
Manager, overseeing five
resorts under three brands – Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn and
Crowne Plaza – while continuing to serve as GM of the Holiday Inn Resort
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Bart
to the S Hotels & Resorts family,” said Dirk De Cuyper, CEO, S
Hotels & Resorts. “With a lifetime of
top-level experience in the worldwide hospitality industry, he has
a proven track record of raising hotel performance, motivating his
teams and exceeding guest expectations. Bart is also highly
knowledgeable about the Thai tourism industry, having managed
international hotels in the Kingdom for the last eight years. I am
confident that his skills will elevate our two exceptional SAii
Resorts to new levels of excellence.”