Industry Update
Appointment12 July 2019

Kurt Macher

Appointed General Manager
At Shangri-La hotel at the Shard London, United Kingdom

Kurt Macher

Macher, who has more than 28-years' experience in the luxury travel industry, joins the five-red-AA-star, 202-bedroom hotel from the Temple House in Chengdu, China, where he held the same position as well as sitting on the board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China. Macher has also held senior management roles including Wharf hotels, Four Seasons hotels and resorts and the Peninsula Group. He replaces Paul Brackley who stepped down last month after three years with the hotel to "pursue other opportunities". 

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is the largest Asian-based deluxe hotel group in the region and regarded as one of the world's finest hotel management companies. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is the trade name of Shangri-La Asia, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
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