The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket – Surin
Beach has appointed Simon McGrath as general manager and Tane
Picken as director of business development.
McGrath’s career in
hospitality spans over 30 years and he was most recently the
director of business development with the Hilton Adelaide in
In 1985, he began his career at a suburban hotel in
Sydney, Australia while attending catering college. From there, he
has taken on a variety of senior management positions at hotels
and resorts in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.
McGrath holds a graduate certificate in Hotel
Management from the University of South Australia, and has
completed the General Managers Program of the Australian Graduate
School of Management.
To support Hilton
Worldwide’s rapid expansion in Thailand, the company has also
appointed Tane Picken as director of business development for the
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket – Surin Beach.
Based in Bangkok, Picken is responsible for overall sales and
marketing operations at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket -
Surin Beach, a role he also undertakes for the Hilton Hua Hin
Resort and Spa.
Originally from South Africa,
Picken has been with Hilton Worldwide since 2001, where he started
as a food and beverage supervisor with the Hilton Durban in South
Over the past 10 years, he has served in a variety of
senior management roles at several properties within the Hilton Worldwide group. This includes being director of operations with
Hilton Singapore in 2009.
Prior to his new role, he was director
of operations at the Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa for close to
“Opening our first DoubleTree by Hilton property
in Thailand is an exciting development for us at Hilton Worldwide
as we continue to expand our presence here,” said Dirk de Cuyper,
regional general manager for Thailand, Hilton Worldwide. “In a fairly competitive hospitality market such as Phuket, Simon’s
extensive experience in managing and marketing both city hotels
and resorts puts the property in a very solid position and I am
confident that the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket – Surin
Beach will do well in attracting both international and domestic
Located on the west coast of
Phuket island, the 250-room DoubleTree Resort by Hilton-Surin
Beach officially opened on 19 November 2012. It is the first
DoubleTree by Hilton property in Thailand, and is the seventh
Hilton Worldwide-managed hotel in the country.
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