New Appointment at Wharf Hotel goes to Walter Ng

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Wharf Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Walter Ng as Group Director Business Development. Reporting to the Vice President, Finance and Business Development, Walter will lead the Business Development team to explore new business opportunities, leasing, investments, acquisitions and hotel management agreements.

A seasoned hospitality executive and a master’s graduate in Real Estate Development from New York University, Walter has 15 years of development experience and has directed numerous international real estate and hotel focused mixed-use opportunities. His expertise include hotel pre-opening planning and operations; acquisition and disposition; capital improvement and renovation; and contract negotiation. He has held various senior positions in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and New York including roles with Marriott International Asia Pacific, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited and the Far East Organisation.

“Walter is a real estate professional and is experienced in collaborating with different stakeholders including investors, owner representatives and operators in development and asset management.  At Wharf Hotels, he will specialise in strategic planning, financial feasibility, site assessment and project delivery throughout Asia Pacific and beyond. With his knowledge and expertise, we are confident that Walter will further strengthen the Niccolo and Marco Polo portfolios and expand our footprint in markets which fit the group’s strategic growth plans,” said Lucinda Chan, Vice President, Finance and Business Development, Wharf Hotels.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.