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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.

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Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s Expansion to China

Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) is a well-established hotel company based in Singapore, which owns more than 30 hotels, resorts, and serviced suites in Asia Pacific and North America. Over the next five years, the Group hopes to expand its holdings and start buying and managing property in China, with a special interest in cities including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, and Chengdu, among others. PPHG’s CEO, Patrick Imbardelli claims that China will be the biggest focus for growth in the company, for the company’s Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL brands. Imbardelli hopes that China will soon comprise a third of the Group’s properties.

Imbardelli plans to begin revealing new properties in China between 2012 and 2014. A Pan Pacific Serviced Suites is expected to open in Ningbo, China, in December 2012, and a PARKROYAL hotel is slated to open in Green City, Shanghai, in early 2013. Though the company is interested in growing, CEO Patrick Imbardelli is as concerned with growing at the right pace and finding the right brand for the right location. To this effect, the CEO and his team conduct due diligence before securing and opening new properties.

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.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

I am a proud supporter of the World Wildlife Fund, an organization that has advocated for the protection of the environment since 1961. The World Wildlife Fund was established by a small group of European naturalists, scientists, and business and political leaders to meet the growing need of conservation efforts. Responding to requests by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and The Conservation Foundation, the WWF was founded at the IUCN’s headquarters located in Morges, Switzerland. The three main tenants of the WWF’s mission are: to protect natural areas and wildlife populations around the world, to promote and encourage more sustainable modes of life among human populations, and to encourage efficiency in the use of resources and energy in order to reduce pollution. Since its inception nearly a half a century ago, the WWF has undergone considerable changes. The evolution of the organization has produced an improved international network, and the WWF in the United States plays a pivotal role in the WWF Global Network. One of the many laudable qualities of the WWF is its commitment to accomplishing concrete goals. Currently, the WWF aspires to conserve 19 of the planet’s most important natural places by 2020. These 19 important places include the Amazon, the Amur-Heilong, the Arctic, Chihuahuan Desert, Coastal East Africa, the Congo Basin, the Coral Triangle, the Eastern Himalayas, the Galapagos, the Gulf of California, Madagascar, the Mekong Delta, Mesoamerican Reef, Namibia, the Northern Great Plains, the United States Southeast rivers and streams, Southern Chile, and the Yangtze River. I find it inspiring to support the efforts of the WWF.

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