Ft. Lauderdale, FL (March 15, 2019) –(NASDAQ: PLYA, “Playa”) has announced the regional appointments of Pedro Tomás and Henry Walther as general managers for , respectively, and Manuel Antonio Perez-Alpuche as general manager for both and . With more than 70 years of combined hotel management experience, the trio bring 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 Tomás 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.
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Playa is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns and/or manages a total portfolio consisting of 21 resorts (7,908 rooms) located in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. In Mexico, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen, Hilton Playa del Carmen All-Inclusive Resort, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. In Jamaica, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort and Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa. In the Dominican Republic, Playa owns and manages the Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Family Resort and the Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Adult Resort. Playa also owns four resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party and Playa manages the Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic.
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