Yoo Hotels & Resorts appoints Grossniklaus in senior role

Paul Stevens By Paul Stevens
20 June 2019 | Updated 20 June 2019

Thailand: Yoo Hotels & Resorts has appointed David Grossniklaus as head of operations and development to lead the yoo2 growth and operations strategy.

Grossniklaus will be responsible for focusing on Yoo's opportunity pipeline as well as managing the relationships with the hotel group's partners to secure further developments and conversion opportunities globally.

Key to the strategy will be taking aim at southeast Asia, where booming tourism and business markets in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam are high on the list of priorities. Yoo opened a Southeast Asia headquarters office in Bangkok earlier this year to build a presence in the region.

Yoo Hotels & Resorts operates the yoo2 Rio de Janeiro hotel and currently has three more hotels under development in Canada and Thailand, with two properties set to launch within the next 18 months.

Jagdish Johal, managing partner of Yoo, said: "David has an extraordinary wealth of experience in the hospitality industry and he will be a real asset to the team. He joins Yoo Hotels at an exciting time of growth as we are expanding our hotel portfolio internationally.

"With three hotels under development, we are keen to pursue further development and management opportunities globally to expand our hotel offering. This expansion in key markets will ensure even more travellers can experience our unique designs and guest experiences," he added.

Speaking about his appointment, Grossniklaus said: "I am thrilled to be joining Yoo Hotels & Resorts, leading the hotel expansion of extraordinary design hotels, working with our partners, owners and investors globally to deliver exciting lifestyle experiences with the yoo2 brand.

"Expanding on our yoo2 property in Rio de Janeiro, which perfectly showcases our concept of creating a unique collection of lifestyle experiences paired with operations that reflect the local soul of each destination, will be an exciting opportunity," he added.

Grossniklaus has worked in a number of varied roles in hotel operation and hotel development, most recently with Belmond in Dubai as senior director development for the Middle East, Africa and India. He has also held senior positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Dubai working across the GCC and Africa, Deloitte/STR Global, Swissotel and Istithmar/Nakheel Hotels.

With more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including operation, acquisitions and development, asset management and strategy, Mr. Grossniklaus is a graduate from École Hotelière de Lausanne and an MBA graduate from Cass Business School in London.

For more information, visit the Yoo Hotels & Resorts website here.


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