Saigon’s landmark property, Caravelle, has named Michael Robinson as its new General Manager, in time for the second phase of the hotel’s enhancement project starting early next year.
New Zealand native and former Director of Rooms at the property, Michael Robinson is no stranger to the world of 5-star hotels, boasting nearly a decade of experience in destinations as diverse as California and Qatar. Robinson joined the Caravelle team in January 2016 after his most recent post with Park Hyatt Dubai in the UAE. This latest move will see him become the youngest General Manager in the hotel’s history.
Robinson’s hospitality training includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the International College of Hotel Management in Adelaide, along with a Diploma in International Hotel Management from the Swiss Hotel Association and a Diplôme Culinaire d’Hôtelier from Le Cordon Bleu École de Cuisine. His passion for the industry started at a young age when he worked as a Steward for a fine dining restaurant in New Zealand, followed shortly after by the beginning of his hotel career in 2008 as a Management Trainee in rooms division at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, California. The following year when relocating to the Middle East, he joined Grand Hyatt Doha and became part of the pre-opening task force spearheading the launch of Hyatt properties in Russia and South Africa, before moving to Dubai in 2011.
“At Caravelle, we believe people are our most valuable asset. We are keen on training and developing young talents from within and are lucky to have Michael to take on this new challenge, especially at this crucial moment in the hotel’s development”, said John Gardner – General Director of Chains Caravelle Hotel Joint Venture Company Limited. “With Michael as the new General Manager and the enhancement project soon to come, we are truly excited about the future of Caravelle Saigon and look forward to a successful 2017 and beyond.”