Nick Downing appointed Vice President, Per AQUUM

Nick – Per AQUUM has announced the appointment of Nick Downing as Vice President, Per AQUUM Retreats ∙ Resorts ∙ Residences, based in Bangkok.

Nick was part of the launch team of Per AQUUM from 2003 to 2006 when he served as pre-opening Director of Operations, followed by General Manager of Huvafen Fushi, Maldives. As Vice President of Per AQUUM, Nick is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and vision of the brand. He will also ensure that the core Per AQUUM values of making a difference though signature guest experiences, service and design remain central to the portfolio.

Commenting on his appointment, Nick says; “Returning to Per AQUUM as Vice President is a true honour. Over the last ten years, it has been clear that the teams involved have worked exceptionally hard to stay true to our original identity and the Per AQUUM brand DNA is still deeply embedded across the collection. The fact that each property has its own distinct individuality is a key factor in the continued brand appeal to guests. As joint venture partners in Per AQUUM, both Minor Hotel Group and Universal Enterprises have expressed their commitment to keep Per AQUUM strong, unique and independent and with the added resources behind us I am confident that our brand will continue to be known as an innovative leader in the premium luxury sector.” Dillip Rajakarier, CEO, Minor Hotel Group comments, “Nick is a proven, well rounded industry leader and his extensive brand development skills are indeed a tremendous asset to Per AQUUM. In addition, with a wealth of hospitality experience, he is well placed to take full strategic and operational leadership of the brand as we look to future development in locations such as the Middle East, Africa, Sri Lanka, and South East Asia. This is an exciting time for Per AQUUM we are delighted to have Nick on board.”

Prior to re-joining Per AQUUM, Nick spent the last two years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as General Manger of W Retreat Koh Samui. Before that he spent four and a half years at Ativa Hospitality Corporation as General Manager of Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia before being promoted to Director of Operations at the company’s Corporate Office in Bangkok. His earlier career, which started in the nineties, saw him work for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in his native Australia before moving to Hayman Island Resort, Palazzo Versace, and then Soneva Gili Resort & Spa in the Maldives as Executive Assistant Manager.

Huvafen Fushi by Per Aquum

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