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StayWell announces new Director of Development Asia-Pacific

StayWell announces new Director of Development Asia-Pacific

20 February 2020

StayWell is pleased to announce the appointment of Jip Van Driest as the Director of Development Asia-Pacific following a global search. Jip joins the StayWell development team at corporate head office in Sydney commencing February 2020.

Jip with a global career spanning over 10 years with hotel financial management companies. During her career she has undertaken a diverse range of roles across Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom which have honed her relationship, commercial skills whilst identifying new hotel opportunities and trends. Jip has global operational experience with hotel companies including Taj Resort and Palaces and InterContinental Hotel Group and her most recent appointment at CBRE and JLL with hotel investors across the world.

“StayWell is delighted to have Jip onboard. With her proven track record and extensive development and relationship skills, she will play an invaluable role in driving hotel acquisition and supporting our growing global pipeline of hotels,” said Simon Wan, President and Director of StayWell Holdings.

Jip responsibilities include sourcing and negotiating new hotel deals and accountability for driving growth for StayWell and brands in the Asia-Pacific region predominately focused in Australia and South East Asia. Currently StayWell has 29 opened hotels and 21 properties in development with a target of 100 properties in the short-term future.

“I am thrilled to be joining the StayWell Group in Australia at such an exciting time of growth the company. As the fastest growing Travel & Tourism region, Asia-Pacific continues to increase in importance for the global hospitality industry and holds strong growth prospects for our company. I look forward to developing strong relationships with prospective hotel and hospitality owners, developers and consultants across Australian-Pacific and display them the benefits of partnering with StayWell Hotels” says Jip.

Jip holds a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management graduating with honours from the Institute for Hospitality Management at the Hague in Amsterdam.

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About StayWell Holdings:

One of the largest hotel management groups in Asia Pacific, StayWell Holdings and its parent company Prince Hotels Inc., offers a diverse portfolio of properties across a combined network of 78 open and operating hotels worldwide.

Prince Hotels & Resorts and StayWell’s combined brand offerings include The Prince Akatoki, The Prince, Grand Prince Hotel, Policy, Park Regis, Prince Hotel, Leisure Inn Plus, Prince Smart Inn, and Leisure Inn.  Each brand offers guests quality experiences ranging from luxury to lifestyle though to midscale.

Prince Hotels & Resorts and StayWell have set a strategic goal to deliver 250 hotels in the medium to long term. The expansion of both company brands will take place across the regions of Asia-Pacific, South East Asia, China, Japan, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Prince Hotels operate a combined network of 49 hotels, 31 golf courses and 9 ski resorts. StayWell has an existing network of 29 open and operating hotels and a further 22 hotels that are committed and opening over the next few years. In addition, StayWell has two key strategic partners being Manhattan Hotel Group (17 hotels) and Cristal Group in the Middle East (8 hotels).

 Media contacts:

Fiona Godfrey | StayWell Holdings | + 61 2 8198 9299 |

Alex Barnett | StayWell Holdings | + 61 2 8198 9243|