Hilton gets Bigger

27 June 2000

Ray Bigger is leaving the Marco Polo Hotel Group after five years to join Hilton International as regional director of sales-Asia.

Bigger will relocate from London, where he was posted by Marco Polo recently from his previous Hong Kong base, to Singapore and will start his new role on July 5.

Bigger will become part of a new, restructured regional team that newly-appointed vice president-sales and marketing, Asia/Pacific, Michael Flynn is putting together.

Flynn told travelweeklyeast.com that he would be announcing a new regional structure that would "decentralise to where the action is".

"One can only do so much from the ivory tower," he said.

Under the new structure, the Asia/Pacific region will be split into four areas - Sydney looking after Australia, Hong Kong looking after North Asia, Tokyo for Japan and Singapore for South-east Asia.

Four regional directors of sales and marketing will lead the region.

Bigger will be responsible for Hilton's nine sales offices in Asia, said Flynn.

Meanwhile, Marco Polo has replaced Bigger with Glen Farmer, who has been named regional director of sales and marketing for the UK and Continental Europe.

Farmer was most recently general manager of the Omni Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The group is still looking for a senior marketing chief to be based in Hong Kong, travelweeklyeast.com understands.

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