Best Western appoints general manager and regional communications manager


Bangkok – Best Western International has appointed Kevin M. O’Hagan as general manager of Best Western Premier Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport, scheduled to open the first quarter of 2009.

Kevin was born in Britain 52 years ago. Besides his native English, he speaks Bahasa Indonesian, Tagalog and French that he picked up during the course of his 30-plus year career to date. From catering college in Ealing, Kevin trained at London’s famous Claridge’s Hotel and Ulster University.

Over the course of his career, he has recorded many notable achievements, including winning the Sheraton President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in 1989, being the founder chairman of the Jakarta International Hotels Association in 2000, and being on the board of directors of the Indonesia Chapter of PATA from 2002-2004.

Kevin has extensive experience in both city center properties and resort operations along with in-depth knowledge of the various key aspects of hotel operations. His distinctive achievements include at least three property openings and rebrandings along with a long list of successful sales and marketing and brand-positioning campaigns. He is also particularly noted for the high-quality service standards he develops and his strong grasp of statistical tools in hotel management.

Best Western Premier Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport, a 278-room deluxe airport hotel, is slated to open in the first quarter of 2009. The hotel offers business and leisure facilities including international restaurants, spa, conference and banquet rooms and recreational swimming pool.

In addition, Ms.D olly Belo has been appointed as regional communications manager at Best Western Asia Head Office in Bangkok, effective September 15, 2008, with responsibility for communications strategies and activities throughout Asia.

Among her many distinctions, Dolly has been a key contributor to Marriott Hotels in the Philippines, winning several awards, both as part of various successful teams and individually. Her distinctions include 2007 Manager of the Year at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel and Hotel Industry Employee of the Year from the Ayala Business Club Cebu.

Her professional strengths include over ten years of diversified experience in advertising, marketing and public relations in hotels. In her most recent position, Dolly was training manager at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel, ensuring that all training programs were in compliance with Marriott standards, goals and strategic plans. She moved up to that position from public relations manager in the same hotel. A graduate of the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines in Fine Arts with an advertising major, Dolly has continued her education throughout her career, picking up on the way, expertise in among other areas, sign language, effective speaking and seven habits of highly-effective people.