Dirk De Cuyper has been appointed as General Manager of
the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. The hotel is located in
the heritage building on the famous Bund in Shanghai and is
scheduled to open in 2010.
With a career spanning over 15 years
at Hilton Hotels Corporation, Dirk has extensive experience
working in hotel management in Brussels, New York, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Thailand and China.
Prior to taking on his new role at
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, he held the position of
pre-opening General Manager of the Conrad Shanghai, and General
Manager at the Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa on Hainan Island in China
the lead up to the opening of Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the
Bund, Dirk will be responsible for appointing a team of
experienced professionals to operate the hotel and deliver one of
Shanghai’s most luxurious guest experiences.
President Hilton Hotels – Asia Pacific, said, “Dirk’s vast
experience in the luxury hotel industry, as well as his
outstanding leadership qualities, will ensure a smooth start for
the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. We are excited about
this upcoming property, which will mark the debut of the legendary
Waldorf Astoria brand in Asia Pacific.”
The 286-room Waldorf
Astoria Shanghai on the Bund will comprise two buildings. The
first will be the heritage building, located at No. 2 on the Bund,
which was previously home to the Shanghai Club, an exclusive
Gentlemen’s Club in the 1920s. Scheduled to open in mid-2010, the
heritage building will feature several uniquely designed
restaurants and bars as well as a glamorous ballroom and 20
Connected by a courtyard and positioned on Sichuan Road
behind the Bund, a new 266-room tower will be completed in early
The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund will become the
first Waldorf Astoria hotel outside United States. It will have
three restaurants, two lounges, a bar and a library.
Extensive banqueting facilities will aim to position the hotel as
the first choice for Meetings as well as wedding receptions in the
city. A swimming pool, health club and spa will provide guests
with luxury amenities to rest, rejuvenate and relax.
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