Appointment31 August 2021
Jay Tadifa Abiang
Appointed Director of Food & Beverage
At Melia Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nine of Jay's 16 years in the hospitality industry have been in hotel management with Melia Hotels International.
Prior to his appointment at Melia Chiang Mai, Jay was executive assistant manager at The Reed Hotel Managed by Melia and F&B manager at Melia Ba Vi Mountain Retreat in Vietnam. Jay also worked at Melia Hanoi as assistant F&B manager as well as a banquet manager and bar manager.
After completing a Bachelor of Science with a double major in tourism management and hotel and restaurant management at Baguio City in Philippines, Jay started his career as a bartender at the Press Club in Hanoi.
Meliá Hotels International was founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and is one of the world’s largest resort hotel chains, as well as Spain’s leading hotel chain. It currently provides more than 350 hotels in 35 countries on 4 continents under its brands: Gran Meliá, Meliá, ME, Innside, Tryp by Wyndham, Sol and Paradisus.
Recent Appointments at Melia
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31 August 2021 — Billy has more than 27 years of hospitality industry experience and started his career in the kitchens of The Ambassador Hotel and Convention Centre in Bangkok.
Since then, he has worked for a variety of prestigious properties including the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, The Peninsula Bangkok, Lotus One in Dubai, the world-famous Raffles Singapore, SkyCity Auckland Entertainment, the Hotel Nikko Bangkok, Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, Renaissance Ratchaprasong Bangkok Hotel, and Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok.
27 July 2021 — Thailand's first two Meliá Hotels International properties have appointed a director who brings more than two decades of hospitality experience to the table.
Thai national Vipasiri Napawongdee has been named cluster director of marketing communications for Meliá Koh Samui and Meliá Chiang Mai.