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Wed, 9 Oct 2019

Mark Simmons Joins Forbes Travel Guide as SVP Partner Services - Asia Pacific

Mark Simmons has joined Forbes Travel Guide as Senior Vice President, Partner Services - Asia Pacific.

A British and Australian national, Mark is a well-established sales and marketing professional, with more than 25 years of luxury hospitality experience.

Mark has held senior-level positions for leading hospitality brands in Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific.

Mark Simmons. Click to enlarge.

He began his career in the hospitality industry with Radisson Hotels in Australia in 1987. He moved to Asia and joined Century International Hotels in 1991 and held senior property based Sales and Marketing roles until 1997 in Hong Kong and Bangkok as well as pre-opening assignments in Indonesia and Vietnam.

At the end of 1997, Mark joined the award-winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai as Director of Sales and Marketing. In 1999 he re-joined Century International Hotels as Vice President Marketing & Sales based in Hong Kong, and in 2001 was responsible for the Sales & Marketing integration of the Century Group into Accor Hotels following the acquisition of Century by Accor.

Since then, Mark has also worked as Area Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Preferred Hotel Group; Vice President Sales and Marketing for SilverNeedle Hospitality; Vice President Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts; and Area Sales and Marketing Head of Swiss-Belhotel International Asia.

Mark is a great addition to our global team and brings with him an outstanding level of luxury hospitality experience, strong relationships and deep knowledge of the diverse cultures within the region, said Filip Boyen, CEO, Forbes Travel Guide. His appointment will enable Forbes Travel Guide to expand further in Asia Pacific and bring genuine Five-Star service expertise to any business aiming to achieve that.

Mark will be based between Forbes' offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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