Dream Hotel Group opened of its first international office in Bangkok, as the business continues to rapidly expand its footprint across the Asia Pacific region.
In addition, Michel Serrano has been appointed as chief operations officer, Asia Pacific, overseeing Dream Hotel Group’s regional office. He will report to Kevin Wallace, managing director, Asia Pacific, and marks the first of several major appointments to be announced this year.
Serrano will play a pivotal role in strengthening the Dream Hotel Group’s presence in the region.
Prior to joining Dream Hotel Group, Serrano has held positions in the hospitality industry for the past twenty years in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Paris, Vietnam and Thailand. He most recently served as CEO of Odyssea Hospitality in Ho Chi Minh City. He has also held several positions with Centara Hotels and Resorts in Thailand.
Dream Hotels Group most recently partnered with Empire Group to develop Unscripted Cocobay Danang in Vietnam, set to open in August 2017, as well as other projects in the region to be announced soon. Earlier this year, it announced the signing of two hotels in the Maldives with local entrepreneur Mohamed Manik and Alpha Kinam Holdings to develop The Chatwal Maaga Maldives and Dream Gasveli Maldives, set to open in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The news follows that of the signing of Dream Hotel Group’s first hotel in Vietnam with locally owned Beegreen Group. Set to open in summer 2017, Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa, located in Long Hai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, will be the first of four new resort hotels developed by Beegreen Group and managed by Dream Hotel Group in Vietnam over the next two years.
Combined, these new locations triple the group's presence in Asia.
The company plans to sign more than 150 hotels and resorts worldwide across all its brands over the next four years – 30 of which will be in Asia. Dream Hotel Groups encompasses Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted brands.