16 October 2003
HONG KONG - At yesterday's 'Meetings by Mandarin
Oriental' launch, Michael Hobson, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Group sales and marketing director said the new global
meetings programme is about making more promises and
ensuring those promises are delivered, even as corporate
travel management companies continue to tighten their
"My fear is that in the long-term, aggressive corporate
travel management will have an impact on guest services.
The tighter the travel budgets and squeezing of every
penny, and the system is in danger as hotels are forced to
reduce manpower in that segment," Hobson said.
The 'Meetings by Mandarin Oriental' programme promises
to come up with creative ideas and senior management will
be involved in planning and preparation.
In other developments for the Group, The Mandarin
Oriental, New York will open at Time Warner Centre in
"This is the most important hotel to open since this one
[the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong] opened back in 1963.
It's in a great location near Central Park at Time Warner,"
In 2005, the Mandarin Oriental Group will also manage
the 118-room The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong at
the existing Landmark shopping mall in Central.
The Mandarin Oriental Group currently has 18 hotels in
its portfolio and by 2006, will have a total of 23
properties when the New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Hong
Kong and Tokyo Mandarin Oriental hotels open.
For more information on Meetings by Mandarin Oriental,
click on to: www.mandarinoriental.com