Playa Appoints Three New GMs

WHY IT RATES: Leading travel industry veterans will lead Playa Hotels & Resorts properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. has announced the regional appointments of Pedro Tomas and Henry Walther as general managers for Hilton La Romana and Sanctuary Cap Cana, respectively, and Manuel Antonio Perez-Alpuche as general manager for both Hilton Playa del Carmen and Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen.

With more than 70 years of combined hotel management experience, the trio brings unparalleled insight to four of Playa’s all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.

“Playa’s footprint in Mexico and the Caribbean continues to grow and accelerate with the onboarding of these leading industry veterans,” said Alex Stadlin, Chief Operating Officer at Playa Hotels & Resorts.

“We aimed to hire general managers who could marry business-minded, revenue-driving acumen with a guest-first mentality that aligned with Playa’s commitment to unrivaled guest experiences. We found those characteristics in Henry, Pedro and Manuel.”

A Dominican Republic native, Pedro Tomas recently transitioned to the role of general manager for the newly rebranded Hilton La Romana resort, which was recently converted from Dreams La Romana in 2018.

He will oversee full property renovations, including the integration of family-friendly and adults-only concepts scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. Tomás launched his hospitality career in 2005 as a room division manager, before transitioning in-house as a resident manager.

Going on to become an award-winning hotel management professional, Tomás has been at the helm of AAA Four Diamond recognized properties and the recipient of the 2016 CHRIS Rising Star Award.

A results-oriented career hotelier with longstanding experience in the luxury hotel sector, Henry Walther will oversee the recently reimagined Sanctuary Cap Cana. In his new role, Walther will apply his “bottom-line orientation” to further expand revenue lines for the unique five-star Cap Cana property.

Leveraging the property’s recent multimillion-dollar renovation, Walther will strengthen Playa’s brand promise to provide an unparalleled all-inclusive experience at the expansive Punta Cana resort. Walther most recently served as the general manager of upscale properties in Cancun, Cozumel, and Merida, as well as managing director and general manager of Cancun’s first AAA Five Diamond resort.

Manuel Antonio Perez-Apulche will supervise 757 guest rooms between Hilton Playa del Carmen and Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen. His vast hospitality background ranges from positions in operations and human resources to sales and marketing, with experience in major property improvements and transformations.

Perez-Apulche previously held roles as general manager, managing partner and project director for top global hospitality groups, and most notably led a team through the opening of a new property in Los Cabos. Using his expertise with large-scale properties, Perez-Apulche will hone a distinct identity for both Hilton Playa del Carmen and Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen, solidifying their reputation as two of Mexico’s top all-inclusive resorts.

SOURCE: Playa Hotels & Resorts press release.

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