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Jumeirah Group appoints James Mabey to lead expansion in Asia Pacific

Jumeirah Group appoints James Mabey to lead expansion in Asia Pacific

Dubai, 21 August 2013: Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed James Mabey as Senior Vice President Development for the Asia Pacific region.

A US national, James has 15 years’ experience in the Asia Pacific Region. For the past two and a half years he has been working for Marco Polo Hotels and he previously held positions in TGR Asia, the Royal Thai Government and the International Resort Development Group.  In his new role James Mabey will be based in Jumeirah’s Singapore office and shall be responsible for securing new management contracts for hotels and serviced apartments that meet Jumeirah’s luxury standards  throughout Asia Pacific.

Robert Swade, Jumeirah Group’s Chief Officer for Development & Legal, said: “I am delighted to welcome James Mabey to the team.  Asia Pacific is central to Jumeirah’s international growth strategy and the appointment of James demonstrates our commitment to further brand expansion in the region”.

In 2011 Jumeirah opened its first luxury property in China, the 401-room Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, which has established itself as a destination hotel for business travelers, winning multiple awards including International Hotel of the Year from European Hospitality Award 2012 and Best New Hotel awards from Condé Nast Traveler Annual Hot List 2012, Voyage and TimeOut Shanghai.

The company has signed five other management agreements for hotels that are under development in China. These include Jumeirah Clearwater Bay Resort in Sanya, a 250-room hotel with 50 private villas; Jumeirah Guangzhou, a 207-room hotel that occupies the uppermost floors of the 50-storey GT Land Plaza; Jumeirah Hangzhou, a 209-room hotel in the business district of Qianjiang Rive New Town; Jumeirah Thousand Islands Lake Resort, Qiandaohu, a luxury hotel with 89 guest rooms and a further 48 rooms in villas dotted among the trees of the surrounding forest; and Jumeirah Macau, a planned 250-room hotel with views of the Macau Dome.
The construction of the properties in Guangzhou, Sanya and Hangzhou is already well advanced and the company expects to start pre-opening activities within the next 18 months. In addition, Jumeirah Group has signed management agreements to operate hotels in Bali, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand. The company is engaged in further negotiations to operate five-star luxury hotels and resorts in other key locations throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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Notes to Editors:

Jumeirah Development information at: www.jumeirah.com/en/jumeirah-group/development/

About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. 

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Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
Director of External Communications 
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