Park Hyatt announces new appointments
Dubai, February 16, 2010
Park Hyatt Dubai has appointed German national Waike Papke as the new director of sales and marketing. The luxury waterfront retreat also made senior level appointments in its spa and cafe departments.
Waike Papke, a German national with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Management from Frankfurt Tourism School, has been named She speaks in three languages - German, English and Russian.
Waike commenced her hotel career in 1995 at the Europa Hotel Schwerin in Germany as a financial accountant and, in October 1996, was promoted to the position of resident manager.
In 1998, she joined Hyatt Regency Mainz as part of the pre-opening sales team where she held the position of business development manager.
In May 2000, Waike made the move to Hyatt’s worldwide sales office in Mainz as sales manager for leisure and MICE accounts within the region until her promotion in November 2001 to the position of director of sales for central Germany.
Following three years in this position, Waike took up an assignment with Swissotel Krasnye Holmy Moscow, Russia, where she served as the director of revenue and marketing from December 2004 to August 2007.
In September 2007, Waike moved to her first position in the Middle East as director of sales and marketing for Banyan Tree Al Areen in Bahrain, where she remained for two years until her recent reappointment to the Hyatt family as director of sales and marketing for Park Hyatt Dubai.
Simone Lange, also a German national fluent in both German and English, has been named spa manager at Park Hyatt's Amara, one of the best spas in Dubai and internationally credited by Condé Naste Traveler.
She studied at Schoener College in Germany where she gained qualifications in aesthetics, beauty, massage and finance.
Simone brings with her a wealth of experience, both as a trained therapist and a spa operations manager, to Amara.
She cites “industry knowledge, understanding the human body and guests’ needs, training and management skills, as well as a passion for spa” as the key elements behind operating a successful spa, such as Amara.
Chef Ali Al Haj Hasan, a Syrian national, has been named Chef de Cuisine at Café Arabesque. Ali has fluency in both Arabic and English.-TradeArabia News Service