TORONTO — Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), the parent company of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, has appointed Gao Zhi Xiong as vice- president, development, China.

Gao will be responsible for accelerating portfolio growth across all three of FRHI’s leading brands, while also providing support, guidance and leadership to the company’s existing developments in Chengdu, Nanjing, and Taiyuan.

Previously the vice-president of development, China at Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific, Gao brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position, including operations and senior level positions with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Resort Horizon and Conifer Hua Long Resort Shao Shan.

“Adding someone like Gao, with his development experience and market knowledge, represents a significant boost to our development resources and will help us build on a foundation that already includes high-profile hotels such as Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, Raffles Beijing, and Swissôtel Foshan,” said James Kaplan, senior vice-president, development, Asia Pacific & India.


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