Mitch’s Travel: Halekulani appoints Ulrich Krauer as general manager

Halekulani Corp., which owns and manages both Halekulani and the Waikiki Parc Hotel on Oahu, Hawaii, has appointed Ulrich Krauer to the position of general manager of Halekulani.  Krauer, who has helmed several of the world’s most iconic hotels during the course of his career, will join Halekulani on Aug. 27, 2012, and will be responsible for directing all aspects of day-to-day management and operations of the legendary 453-room property.  This announcement was made by Peter Shaindlin, chief operating officer of Halekulani Corp.
“From its modest beginning as a private beachfront estate to its current incarnation as one of the world’s most acclaimed properties, Halekulani has maintained a steadfast commitment to leadership, excellence and to offering an extraordinary guest experience,” said Shaindlin in a news release.  “I know that Ulrich’s exceptional expertise, professionalism and values will safeguard the Halekulani legacy and ensure that Halekulani continues to represent an incomparable standard of excellence.”
“It is both a privilege and a pleasure for me to take on the role of general manager of Halekulani, a property that is renowned throughout the world for its gracious hospitality, incomparable service and for exemplifying the finest in luxury hospitality,” said Krauer. “I look forward to working with its exceptionally dedicated team of professionals committed to providing guests with an experience and a spirit that is truly like no other.”
Mr. Krauer most recently served as asset manager to Somerset Grace Bay in the Caribbean and, previously, as general manager of Kona Village Resort on the Big Island.  In addition, he has held the position of manager director and General Manager at the St. Regis Monarch Beach and Sonoma Mission Inn in California; Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Texas; Hotel La Samanna in St. Martin, French West Indies and the legendary Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills.  He also served as resident manager at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and the Grand Bay Hotel Miami.  Mr. Krauer’s international experience includes management positions in five-star properties in Bern, Davos, Locarno, St. Moritz and Vevey in Switzerland; Megeve, France; St. Andrews, Scotland; Costa Smeralda in Sardinia and the luxury cruise ship MS Vistafjord of Norwegian America Lines.
Hailing originally from Bern, Switzerland.  He is a passionate aficionado of Hawaiian culture, culinary arts and wine, and is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast.
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