Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

October 08, 2007 09:40 ET

Brand Expansion Remains Top Priority at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Company Names James Kaplan Senior Vice President, Development for Europe, Africa and the Middle East as it continues Aggressive Growth Plan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2007) - Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) today announced a key addition to its senior management team designed to support and further strengthen the company's position as a global leader in the hotel marketplace.

With a strong mandate to accelerate portfolio growth, James Kaplan has been appointed Senior Vice President, Development, Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME), based in FRHI's regional London office. As the latest addition to FRHI's development team, Kaplan' primary focus will be on brand expansion for the company's three hotel brands, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissotel Hotels & Resorts.

"There are abundant growth opportunities throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East for our international brands," said Tom Storey, Executive Vice President, Development, FRHI. "Adding a seasoned professional like James strengthens our development effort and provides us with the leadership we are looking for to support our growth objectives in this dynamic region."

James brings over 20 years of hotel real estate and development experience to this position. Prior to joining FRHI, he was Vice President, Business Development & Planning - EAME, for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts where he was responsible for directing the development of the InterContinental brand in EAME. In 2002, James joined Kerzner International Inc. where he held progressive positions including Vice President, Development Asia/Pacific and the Middle East and Senior Vice president, Global Business Development. He also served as Vice President, Lodging Development for Marriott International Inc.

Kaplan will lead an experienced development team based in Europe and the Middle East who will be focused on advancing FRHI's growth strategy, which is driving considerable opportunities for all of the company's brands.


Fairmont Raffles Hotels International is a leading global hotel company with over 80 hotels in 25 countries worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel brands. Known by travelers throughout the globe, some of these world-class hotels include The Fairmont Banff Springs, Raffles Hotel, Singapore, The Fairmont San Francisco and London's famed Savoy Hotel. The company also owns Fairmont Heritage Place and Fairmont Residences, which offer luxury vacation ownership and residential properties.

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