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Mr. Patrick Imbardelli has built a solid career in the hospitality industry since obtaining his diploma in Hotel and Motel Management.

Pan Pacific Hotels Group: PARKROYAL on Pickering, by Patrick Imbardelli (2/3)

Pan Pacific Hotels Group: PARKROYAL on Pickering, by Patrick Imbardelli  (1/3)

When the architectural team at WOHA embarked on the design process for PARKROYAL on Pickering, they collaborated closely with Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) to formulate a structural plan capable of supporting a host of ecologically friendly features in addition to the amenities that draw discriminating travelers to the company’s extensive international portfolio of properties. PARKROYAL on Pickering will certainly delight guests with its sprawling pool terrace, gymnasium complete with all of the latest exercise equipment, secretary-staffed business centre, day spa, and rooftop bar that offers an incredible view of Singapore’s skyline. When visitors choose to leave hotel grounds to explore Singapore’s vibrant cosmopolitan epicenter, they can easily access countless dining and entertainment options that line the waterfront of the Singapore River.

The special touches that truly set PARKROYAL on Pickering apart, however, demonstrate a clear and notable reverence to the natural world. Contained within the hotel’s property, a 300-meter long nature trail replete with a waterfall walkway will imbue guests with a feeling of calm as they wander through this oasis so close yet so far removed from the urban energy of Singapore’s city streets. To supplement PARKROYAL on Pickering’s “hotel-in-a garden concept,” Pan Pacific Hotels Group and WOHA incorporated towering “skygardens” throughout the exterior of the entire property, instilling both public spaces and private rooms with a tropical forest-like atmosphere.

Upon finalization of construction, a total of 15,000 square meters of greenery will astound visitors who arrive at PARKROYAL on Pickering. Along with the aforementioned “skygardens” and waterfall, the hotel will maintain an arboretum’s worth of flora to include native palms, shade trees, tropical flowers, creeping vines, and leafy shrubs. Furthermore, the hotel will install planter terraces on many of its walls to offset the structure’s boldly geometric architecture.

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Variety International, the Children’s Charity

An experienced hotelier and firm proponent of philanthropic efforts across the globe, Patrick Imbardelli is proud to support Variety International, the Children’s Charity. Commonly referred to as the Variety Club or simply Variety, the organization is a nonprofit entity that seeks to promote increased standards of health and well-being for children around the world. With more than 40 chapters across 13 countries, Variety works closely with local communities to provide valuable services to children and organizations that devote themselves to helping children with special needs. Here is a brief overview of some of the programs and activities sponsored by Variety.

Sunshine Coaches: Through its Sunshine Coach program, Variety provides qualified nonprofit organizations with specially equipped passenger vans designed to transport children with special needs to enrichment programs, events, and medical facilities. The coaches also serve to carry underprivileged children to and from after-school programs and other special events. The program traces its origins back to 1962, when Leslie MacDonnell devised a way to allow a young bedridden girl to enjoy sunshine and fresh air. Since its inception, the Sunshine Coach program has distributed more than 10,000 vehicles to nonprofits across the globe.

Variety at Work: A highly interactive program for children with special needs, Variety at Work brings together volunteers from across the globe to organize special events such as holiday parties, concerts, and field trips to locations such as movie theaters and zoos. Volunteers enjoy the opportunity to spend time with children and treat them to special events such as the large-scale celebration that marks the end of the year.

Mobility Program: For many children who suffer from physical disabilities, getting from place to place can be a challenging and frustrating endeavor. Through its Mobility Program, Variety provides these children with the special equipment necessary to improve their mobility and facilitate participation in school, community, and family life. In 2009 alone, Variety distributed nearly 400 wheelchairs, more than 3,000 bicycles and tricycles, 31 liberty swings, and greater than 1,000 other mobility items. Variety also partners with a number of similar mobility organizations, including the Easy Riders Wheelchair Program, the STAR Walker Program, and Bikes for Kids.

To learn more about the activities sponsored by Variety, visit the website at www.varietychildrenscharity.org.

Variety International, the Children’s Charity

An experienced hotelier and firm proponent of philanthropic efforts across the globe, Patrick Imbardelli is proud to support Variety International, the Children’s Charity. Commonly referred to as the Variety Club or simply Variety, the organization is a nonprofit entity that seeks to promote increased standards of health and well-being for children around the world. With more than 40 chapters across 13 countries, Variety works closely with local communities to provide valuable services to children and organizations that devote themselves to helping children with special needs. Here is a brief overview of some of the programs and activities sponsored by Variety.

Sunshine Coaches: Through its Sunshine Coach program, Variety provides qualified nonprofit organizations with specially equipped passenger vans designed to transport children with special needs to enrichment programs, events, and medical facilities. The coaches also serve to carry underprivileged children to and from after-school programs and other special events. The program traces its origins back to 1962, when Leslie MacDonnell devised a way to allow a young bedridden girl to enjoy sunshine and fresh air. Since its inception, the Sunshine Coach program has distributed more than 10,000 vehicles to nonprofits across the globe.

Variety at Work: A highly interactive program for children with special needs, Variety at Work brings together volunteers from across the globe to organize special events such as holiday parties, concerts, and field trips to locations such as movie theaters and zoos. Volunteers enjoy the opportunity to spend time with children and treat them to special events such as the large-scale celebration that marks the end of the year.

Mobility Program: For many children who suffer from physical disabilities, getting from place to place can be a challenging and frustrating endeavor. Through its Mobility Program, Variety provides these children with the special equipment necessary to improve their mobility and facilitate participation in school, community, and family life. In 2009 alone, Variety distributed nearly 400 wheelchairs, more than 3,000 bicycles and tricycles, 31 liberty swings, and greater than 1,000 other mobility items. Variety also partners with a number of similar mobility organizations, including the Easy Riders Wheelchair Program, the STAR Walker Program, and Bikes for Kids.

To learn more about the activities sponsored by Variety, visit the website at www.varietychildrenscharity.org.

Patrick Imbardelli: Pan Pacific Properties, Part 1

You can find 19 Pan Pacific Hotels on three continents around the Pacific Rim. With world-class accommodations and superior customer care, Pan Pacific Hotels have garnered praise from customers and industry experts alike, with some of the hotels making Condé Nast Traveler’s Annual Gold List of the world’s best places to stay. President and CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group Patrick Imbardelli offers information about many of the Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts.

1. Seattle, Washington, United States (Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle) Located in the western portion of Washington State, Seattle is a premier destination for business and tourism travelers alike. Serving as a cultural and commerce center in the U.S. Northwest, Seattle has a great deal to offer. The city is near Washington’s largest concentration of wineries, in Woodinville. The waterfront offers the historic Pike Place Market, as well as some of the freshest seafood available. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle provides luxurious accommodations at the center of Seattle’s bustling financial district.

2. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Pan Pacific Vancouver) Located on the city’s waterfront, with magnificent views of Stanley Park, the Coastal Mountains, and the city skyline, the Pan Pacific Vancouver contributes to the waterfront view with its recognizable five sails. The city itself is a bustling multicultural metropolis and commerce center.

The hotel is within walking distance of Vancouver’s historic Gastown, which features cobbled streets, quirky shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. The hotel is home to one of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, the Five Sails Restaurant. North of Vancouver, Pan Pacific also has hotels in Whistler, home of many of the 2010 Winter Olympics events.

Pan Pacific Hotel

3. Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Pan Pacific Perth) Located along Perth’s Swan River, the Pan Pacific Perth sits at the heart of Australia’s fourth-most populous city, in the business district. With museums, performing arts, and fine dining nearby, the Pan Pacific Perth provides an ideal getaway for vacationers, as well as a convenient location for business travelers.

continued at Patrick Imbardelli: Pan Pacific Properties, Part 2

Patrick Imbardelli: Pan Pacific Properties, Part 1

You can find 19 Pan Pacific Hotels on three continents around the Pacific Rim. With world-class accommodations and superior customer care, Pan Pacific Hotels have garnered praise from customers and industry experts alike, with some of the hotels making Condé Nast Traveler’s Annual Gold List of the world’s best places to stay. President and CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group Patrick Imbardelli offers information about many of the Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts.

1. Seattle, Washington, United States (Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle) Located in the western portion of Washington State, Seattle is a premier destination for business and tourism travelers alike. Serving as a cultural and commerce center in the U.S. Northwest, Seattle has a great deal to offer. The city is near Washington’s largest concentration of wineries, in Woodinville. The waterfront offers the historic Pike Place Market, as well as some of the freshest seafood available. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle provides luxurious accommodations at the center of Seattle’s bustling financial district.

2. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Pan Pacific Vancouver) Located on the city’s waterfront, with magnificent views of Stanley Park, the Coastal Mountains, and the city skyline, the Pan Pacific Vancouver contributes to the waterfront view with its recognizable five sails. The city itself is a bustling multicultural metropolis and commerce center.

The hotel is within walking distance of Vancouver’s historic Gastown, which features cobbled streets, quirky shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. The hotel is home to one of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, the Five Sails Restaurant. North of Vancouver, Pan Pacific also has hotels in Whistler, home of many of the 2010 Winter Olympics events.

Pan Pacific Hotel

3. Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Pan Pacific Perth) Located along Perth’s Swan River, the Pan Pacific Perth sits at the heart of Australia’s fourth-most populous city, in the business district. With museums, performing arts, and fine dining nearby, the Pan Pacific Perth provides an ideal getaway for vacationers, as well as a convenient location for business travelers.

continued at Patrick Imbardelli: Pan Pacific Properties, Part 2

A Conversation with Patrick Imbardelli, President and CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Serving the Pacific Rim Region, Pan Pacific Hotels Group maintains a reputation for luxury and superior customer service. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, Patrick Imbardelli recognizes the importance of maintaining the premium hotel’s brand.

Q: What is the essence of the Pan Pacific brand?

A: Our brand is influenced by the Asian culture, which you can see in all of our hotels around the Pacific Rim, regardless of the continent. In the Asian culture, you will find attention to detail, observant hospitality, and personalized service. Our guests can visit any Pan Pacific Hotel and expect to receive that same level of individualized care.

Q: How do you maintain that brand across all of the Pan Pacific properties?

A: Our biggest brand ambassadors are those people who make daily contact with our customers. Our Associates communicate our brand in their attitudes, actions, and attentiveness. To help with this, we have created an “I am Pan Pacific” culture that allows our Associates to become the embodiment of our brand. We believe in nurturing the internalization of our corporate culture in our Associates, because they are our key to success.

Q: What separates a premium hotel from others?

A: It is a combination of things, really. Customer service plays a huge role, as do world-class amenities, the availability of fine dining, and the design employed throughout the hotels. The myriad of small touches we include also make our hotels special. We want our guests to feel pampered and cared for throughout their stays with us, and we most certainly make sure of that.

Overview of World Wildlife Fund

Hotel executive Patrick Imbardelli lives and works in Singapore. Commanding 30 years of diverse experience in the hospitality industry, Patrick Imbardelli currently serves as President and Chief Executive of Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG). Patrick Imbardelli also maintains association with a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Financial Management, the Singapore Institute of Management, the Singapore Institute of Directors, and the Australian Institute of Management.

Additionally, Patrick Imbardelli continues to provide ongoing support for a variety of international charitable initiatives. Patrick Imbardelli regularly contributes to The American National Red Cross, UNICEF, Variety Club, AIDS Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ranks as the foremost conservation organization operating across the globe today. Boasting approximately 1.2 million constituents in the US alone, WWF now commands around 5 million international members. The powerful worldwide network provides a diversity of ongoing activities and programs dedicated to preserving the earth’s natural resources. Confronting an array of environmental concerns at both global and local levels, World Wildlife Fund strives to conserve diverse ecological systems, guard natural habitats, protect endangered plant and animal species, advocate for the development and implementation of renewable and sustainable energy sources, and reduce worldwide pollution.

To work toward this multifaceted ecological objective, WWF also confronts significant human challenges that include poverty, growing consumption levels, and population expansion. Presently directing initiatives in approximately 100 countries, World Wildlife Fund maintains its international headquarters in Washington, D.C. In addition to engaging in direct action, WWF offers scholarship programs, supports scientific research, provides an array of educational resources, and builds highly effective relationships with governments and other powerful global institutions. Though issues commanding World Wildlife Fund’s attention remain manifold, the organization has nonetheless singled out 19 priority locations carrying special ecological significance. These include international fishing grounds, coral reefs, deserts, freshwater systems, and tropical rainforests.

This WWF prioritization derives from the particular degree of variety and abundance of life sustained in these areas, as well as the imminent threats they face. Priority locations include the Amazon Rainforest, the Congo Basin, the Caribbean Sea’s Mesoamerican Reef, the Galápagos Islands, Coastal East Africa, and the Eastern Himalayas.

Founded in 1961, World Wildlife Fund continues to protect our natural resources through an array of highly effective international activities. For more information regarding World Wildlife Fund, please visit worldwildlife.org.

By Patrick Imbardelli

An Overview of Pan Pacific Hotels Group by Patrick Imbardelli

by Patrick Imbardelli

Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the top 25 most socially responsible hospitality companies in the world, Pan Pacific Hotels Group boasts a network of 33 luxurious accommodations in Asia and North America. With more than 10,000 rooms and a presence in 10 countries, Pan Pacific Hotels Group serves the needs of a diverse range of clientele. The company, a subsidiary of United Overseas Land (UOL) Group, manages two distinct lodging brands, Pan Pacific Hotels and PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts.

Pan Pacific’s leadership has made expansion into China a priority in recent years, and the Pan Pacific Suzhou was recently christened one of the top 10 most popular resort hotels in China. This distinction, offered as part of the prestigious Golden Pillow Awards, represents the views of some of the top business entities in China as well as the votes of millions of people online. The latest addition to the Pan Pacific series will be the Pan Pacific Ningbo and Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Ningbo, to be opened in Zhejiang, China, in late 2011. In total, the two buildings will boast 630 rooms in this growing economic region of the country. The hotels will form part of a mixed-use facility managed by the Ningbo International Trade Investment and Development Company Ltd. In addition to its lodging options, the Pan Pacific Hotels Group also maintains a number of spas, lifestyle resorts, and restaurants.

With locations in Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia, Pan Pacific’s seven spas attract guests from around the world. Since its opening in 1997, the company’s St. Gregory lifestyle resort has formed the centerpiece of this spa collection, offering therapies stemming from the traditions of China, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and India. Pan Pacific also runs the Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant chain, which has won acclaim for fine Chinese cuisine in addition to martial arts and dance presentations.

About Patrick Imbardelli: Since 2008, Patrick Imbardelli has served as the President and Chief Executive of the Pan Pacific Hotels Group. He possesses more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Review: The Great Gatsby

In the 1920s, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his intention to write a novel that was both simple and beautiful, extraordinary and intricate. The result was The Great Gatsby, the author’s most celebrated work.

 

Part love story, part examination of the American Dream, The Great Gatsby is told from the point of view of Nick Carraway and follows Jay Gatsby, a “new money” millionaire and ex-soldier who is obsessed with Daisy Buchanan, a woman of high class. While Gatsby was overseas serving in World War I, Daisy married an oppressive man, leaving Gatsby with the goal of attaining wealth and winning his love’s heart.

 

Devoid of effusive descriptions, The Great Gatsby is intricately plotted in such a way that events move naturally from one to the next without blocks of exposition to hamper the narrative. Perhaps most interesting are the characters of Daisy and Gatsby. Readers unfamiliar with the classic might expect a happy ending well deserved by two people who care only for one another, but in truth, most readers consider the vapid characters to be deserving of the obstacles that block their goals.

 

It takes a great amount of skill to craft unlikable characters while still ensuring that the novel appeals to audiences. Fitzgerald does so remarkably well, serving up an examination of two people who deserve each other for all the wrong reasons.

Joseph Heller

An avid reader, Mr. Patrick Imbardelli is especially fond of American satirist Joseph Heller. Born and raised in New York, Heller loved to write, even as a child. After graduating from high school, he held a number of jobs before enlisting with the United States Army Air Corps. During World War II, he flew on the Italian Front as a B-25 bombardier and completed 60 missions. Following his service, Heller studied English at the University of Southern California and New York University. He subsequently earned a graduate degree in English from Columbia University and then traveled to Oxford University as a Fulbright scholar. Heller later taught at Pennsylvania State University, worked for Time magazine, and then became a copywriter for a boutique advertising agency. Throughout his career, Heller continued to write profusely and published his first piece in The Atlantic in 1948. In 1953, Heller started writing his most popular work, Catch-22. New World Writing published the novel’s first chapter in 1955. Catch-22 was originally a novella, but as Heller continued to write, he realized that he had gathered enough material from his time in the Air Corps to turn the story into a novel. A publisher bought the book when it was only one-third complete and its took Heller more than five years to finish it. Catch-22 follows John Yossarian, an Army Air Corps Captain who is constantly devising ways to avoid further service. The Army bureaucracy, however, was able to counter each of his attempts. Heller tackles issues of peace and sanity, which are at the core of the Catch-22 concept: A sane man would not want to fight, but must do so because he is sane, while one who wants to fight is insane and thus is not required to do so. As soon as he decided not to fight, however, he was declared sane and again forced into battle. In the end, there was no way out of combat.