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Pan Pacific Hotels Group appoints Area Vice President, Operations – Singapore and
General Manager of PARKROYAL on Pickering

Published Date: 13 October, 2011

Singapore, 13 October, 2011 - Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the appointment of Hans Heijligers as Area Vice President, Operations – Singapore. He will also helm PARKROYAL on Pickering, a PARKROYAL Collection hotel and the flagship PARKROYAL hotel in Singapore when it opens in 2012.

In his area role, Hans will be responsible for the financial performance and talent management for the five Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL hotels in Singapore, namely Pan Pacific Singapore, Pan Pacific Orchard, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road and PARKROYAL on Pickering.

As General Manager of PARKROYAL on Pickering, he will oversee the opening and operations of the 363-room hotel, located at the key gateway of the Central Business District and bustling Chinatown.

With close to 30 years of hospitality experience that spans 10 countries and three continents, Hans boasts expertise in understanding and developing synergies in multi-cultural organisations, driving profitability through inspiring and managing talent, as well as mentoring future leaders of the industry.

A Dutch national, Hans has undertaken a breadth of management roles at leading hotel chains including Marriott, Hyatt and InterContinental in Amsterdam, Paris, Germany, Morocco, Indonesia, Kazhakstan and Johannesburg. His international experience also includes China where he was General Manager of the iconic Commune by the Great Wall – a collection of prominent and modern architecture encompassing luxurious villas and upscale restaurants.

Prior to joining the Group, Hans spent three years with the Jumeirah Group, holding several key appointments including Area General Manager where he oversaw operations of new business hotels in Dubai. He was also concurrently the General Manager of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, the Jumeirah Group's flagship business hotel. In his last appointment, Hans was Area General Manager for Opening Hotels in Middle East, where he successfully led the opening of six properties in the region.

"Hans' extensive global experience and natural affinity with key stakeholders - his colleagues, customers and owners will prove to be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our talent platform to support the Group's strategic expansion," said A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and CEO, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

"Coupled with his proven track record of driving profitability and managing talent, Hans is exactly the leader that will fulfill our purpose of Great Brands, Great Hotels, Great People and Great Relationships."

Pan Pacific Hotels Group recently unveiled its refreshed positionings for its Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL brands. Anchored by extensive customer insights and research conducted in key markets, the refreshed brand propositions are part of the Group's strategic objectives to strengthen its brands and provide enriching guest experiences.

Slated to open in third quarter of 2012, PARKROYAL on Pickering will be the first property to feature all aspects of the refreshed PARKROYAL positioning, focusing on providing a modern, comfortable and supportive environment as well as creating local connections through PARKROYAL's associates.

The 363-room hotel is poised to be one of Singapore's greenest hotels. It features a hotel-in-a-garden concept with over 15,000 square metres of lofty skygardens, lush greenery and sustainable facilities. Other facilities include a dedicated wellness floor with a day spa, a 300m nature trail and waterfall walk, an expansive pool terrace, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a business centre with full secretarial services as well as a rooftop bar offering spectacular 360-degree views of the city skyline.

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About PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts
PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts is a collection of 15 comfortable leisure and business hotels and resorts (including those under development) located in gateway cities across Australia, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. Each PARKROYAL reflects the spirit and individuality of its locations through creative touches, authentic tastes and local connections. Whether you are travelling for business, leisure, or even with the family, each PARKROYAL hotel and resort is designed so you can work in connected comfort, or relax in soothing surrounds. PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, the world's largest alliance of independent hotel brands. For more information, visit

About Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Pan Pacific Hotels Group is a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia's most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties. Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns and/or manages over 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites with over 10,000 rooms including those under development in Asia, Oceania and North America. The Group comprises two acclaimed brands: Pan Pacific® and PARKROYAL®. Pan Pacific ® is a leading brand in Asia and the Pacific Rim with hotels offering premium accommodations and services. PARKROYAL® is a collection of comfortable leisure and business hotels and resorts located in the heart of cities and interesting locales across Asia Pacific. For more information, visit