2022.8.22 Hotel Events
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Announcement: Grand Hyatt Seoul hotel has announced the appointment of its new general manager, Peter Hildebrand.
Born in Australia, majoring in Economics at the University of Queensland, and later earning an Executive MBA (EMBA) from Rutgers University, Hildebrand shared his first experiences in the hotel industry.
“I first entered the hotel industry because I was attracted to the glitz and glamour of hotels, but I have since obstinately stayed in the field because of the many people I have met,” said Hildebrand.
Hildebrand joined the Hyatt in 1988 as a Bell Attendant at Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, Australia, and after a year was appointed onto the Hyatt Corporate Training Program at Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. He has since built a career in marketing, sales, business development and management roles in international hotel brands in Australia, Singapore and China. He moved from marketing to hotel operations in 2006 with the opening of Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai.
Developing experience and leadership throughout the years, Hildebrand served as the general manager at Westin Fuzhou and then for seven years at W Hong Kong before rejoining Hyatt in 2018 to prepare the opening of Park Hyatt Shenzhen as a general manager. He was praised for successfully opening the hotel in mid-2019 and quickly positioning it as a market leader in south China, winning 15 hotel awards in 2021 in only the second year of operation.
Hildebrand said that "The hotel industry is a people oriented one,” adding, “As a hotelier and a leader, I am inspired by the people I work with and I feel the greatest pride in what I do when I see them grow. As general manager, my goal is to create an environment where my colleagues can be considerate of each other, and grow together," Hildebrand said.
"My team and I will strive to continue the great legacy and recent upward trajectory of Grand Hyatt Seoul which retains a precious place in the hearts of many locals and also of those in the community of international travelers. I will do all possible, with my talented and hardworking team, to ensure Grand Hyatt Seoul continues to lead the industry by tapping the utmost potential of this hotel."
JW Marriott Hotel Seoul
Through Sept. 6: JW Marriott Hotel Seoul is celebrating the approach of the Chuseok harvest festival with a selection of luxury gifts.
This year's Chuseok gift sets are curated by experts in their respective fields, from the hotel’s culinary team to sommeliers, food and beverage specialists and the service team, and come in six categories: Beef, Seafood, Gourmet, Beverage, JW Exclusive and JW Experience.
Highlights include the Beef Selection, with aged lamb chops, marinated bulgogi and six other premium meat sets sourced from hanwoo (Korean beef) steak featured at The Margaux Grill and other luxury hanwoo cuts, packaged into small portions ideal for home use; The Seafood Selection, including Wando live abalone and steamed abalone raised on seaweed and kelp in Korea’s pristine southern waters for unmatched freshness; and the Gourmet Selection, featuring handmade hanwoo beef jerky sourced from cattle raised in the mountains of Pyeongchang, marinated and dried naturally, the pu’er tea and teaware set, and the festive fish sauce set. The JW Selection includes a signature diffuser set with the hotel’s signature room fragrance, luxury linen sets, and luxury gift box sets filled with a customizable choice of gourmet items including coffee, pound cake, sauces and wine. The JW Experience Selection includes exclusive benefits unlocking unforgettable hotel experiences, from popular room packages to hotel buffet dining vouchers, and Club Marriott membership, offering myriad accommodation and dining privileges. Finally, the Beverage Selection includes lists of wines stored at the perfect temperature and humidity in The Margaux Grill’s wine cellar and handpicked by the hotel’s head sommelier.
JW Marriott Hotel’s Seoul’s 2022 Chuseok gift sets are available to purchase at Cafe One, located on the first floor of the hotel. Prices range from 20,000 won ($15) to 6 million won, offering options for every taste and budget, while all products purchased are artfully wrapped and directly delivered by hotel associates.