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Sébastien Mariette, Kempinski Hotels Yixing and Wuxi, China wins award for Best General Manager in the Luxury Category

14th Annual Worldwide Hospitality Awards by MKG Group recognizes outstanding achievements in the Hotel Industry

Alexandre Bader and Sébastien Mariette © MKG Group


Geneva, 14 November 2014: At the 14th Worldwide Hospitality Awards ceremony, Sébastien Mariette received the trophy for the best General Manager in the luxury category.  The French hotelier directs Kempinski Hotel Wuxi & Kempinski Hotel Yixing in China.

More than 850 participants attended this years Worldwide Hospitality Awards ceremony in Paris presided over by Stephen P. Joyce, President & CEO of Choice Hotels, and Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of Steigenberger Group. For the 14th consecutive year, MKG Group has put under the spotlights the initiatives undertaken by groups, brands, and independents to develop the international hotel industry, by organizing the now-essential Worldwide Hospitality Awards. From more than a hundred projects in 14 categories, only 38 finalists and honorees remained after an online vote at Hospitality ON and the deliberation of two expert juries, of hoteliers and non-hoteliers. General Managers were judged in the categories of Managerial ability, Business performance, Human resources skills, Involvement in community life, Professional recognition by peers and Implication in the local community.

At age 37, Sébastien Mariette has worked for Kempinski for six years and has climbed the ladder to the head of the group's two hotels in China: Kempinski Hotel Wuxi with 400 rooms and Kempinski Hotel Yixing with 446 rooms which opened in January 2013. He started his career with Kempinski in Eastern Europe, followed by appointments in Africa and China.

On receiving the award Mr Mariette commented: ‘It is an absolute honor to be considered for such an award by my colleagues in the industry. I am convinced that our employees are the most valuable assets of any 5-star establishment and I am proud to have recruited and developed many talented individuals within my teams – this award equally belongs to them.’

 Sébastien Mariette began his career at Disneyland Resort Paris within different departments before obtaining his first General Manager position. He also worked for le Méridien in Thailand and the Lucien Barrière Group at La Baule.



About Kempinski Hotel Yixing:

Located near Shanghai and on the shores of the stunning Lake Taihu, Kempinski Hotel Yixing boasts 446 rooms and suites and nearly 2,650 m2 of function space, including 15 meeting rooms and two ballrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Additionally, Kempinski Hotel Yixing offers a variety of dining choices, including YuanYuan Chinese Restaurant, which offers a blend of Cantonese cuisine and local Changzhou and Yixing cuisines and features 24 private rooms. The all-day dining restaurant, Elements, is located on the 60th floor and allows guests to experience breathtaking panoramic views of Yixing City and Lake Taihu. Le Chai Wine Bar is the first of its kind in Yixing and offers a large outdoor terrace. Guests will also enjoy the Bamboo Lobby Lounge.

The hotel boasts a spa, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and an indoor swimming pool overlooking Lake Taihu.

Kempinski Hotel Yixing combines European luxury and Chinese culture, which blend together in this new landmark like a perfectly prepared cup of Chinese tea.



About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 73 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels. www.gha.com



Media Contact:

Jim Jin • Director of Sales & Marketing • Kempinski Hotel Yixing

888 Jie Fang East Road • Yixing • Jiangsu Province • 21400 • China 

Tel +86 510 6866 8888 • Fax +86 510 6866 9999

jim.jin@kempinski.com • www.kempinski.com/yixing