Gary Ma appointed as DOSM at Caravelle in HCM

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Friday, 12 March 2010

The Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh has appointed Gary Ma as its new director of sales and marketing.

Beneficiary of a CV glowing with names like Crowne Plaza, Shangri-La and Marco Polo, Ma is well positioned to take the reins at the Caravelle, a five-star hotel that has been at the forefront of Ho Chi Minh Citys hospitality industry for half a century.

Gary is full of ideas and bursting with enthusiasm, said John Gardner, the hotels general manager. He recognizes the value of the Caravelles reputation and its position in Saigon lore, and hes already making plans to ensure were top of mind for business and leisure travellers as tourism to and within Vietnam continues to grow.

A Hong Kong native, Ma was educated in the US and the UK, and began his career with sales positions at high-end Hong Kong hotels. A seven-year stint as director of sales at the InterContinental Grand Stanford in HK gave Ma unparalleled experience in increasing sales and developing eye-catching promotions, as well as superb business management skills.

Coming to work at the Caravelle every day is like finding yourself on the page of a history thats bound to be written, said Ma. The hotel has hosted everyone from Bob Hope and Michael Caine to George Bush and Bill Clinton. Anyone who knows anything about Saigons history knows its name. My job now is to make sure the Caravelle continues to hold its place at the centre of a Saigon thats growing more dynamic each day.

Opened in 1959, the Caravelle won enduring fame during the American War (known as the Vietnam War in the West) as the citys most upscale hotel and a perch from which to watch the war erupt on the citys fringe. In 1998, the original 10-story building on Lam Son Square was completely refurbished and complemented by a 24-story tower. Today, the 335-room hotel  remains one of the most dynamic and popular in the vibrant city.

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