Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Stefan Thumiger as the Cluster General Manager for Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach and Ramada Hotel & Suites Sharjah. With a strong track record of accomplishments, Thumiger brings over 34 years of hospitality experience having worked at properties managed by global hotel chains such as Banyan Tree, Hilton Hotels and Le Meridien Hotels. Prior to taking on his new role, Thumiger served as Chief Operating Officer Hospitality Treasure Bay Bintan at Landmark Berhad, Singapore.

Stefan Thumiger holds a degree in Federal Chartered Hotelier/Caterer HF/SHL from the Swiss hotel and catering school in Lucerne, Switzerland. He began his career in 1983 as an apprentice chef at the Palace Hotel in Switzerland and soon went on to grow professionally from strength to strength. During his career, Thumiger has held several titles such as Executive Chef for the Swiss Military (1987), Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Burswood Resort & Casino, Australia (1994-1996), Food and Beverage Manager at Ankara Hilton, Turkey (2000-2004), Director of Operations / Deputy General Manager at Hilton Abu Dhabi, UAE (2004-2008) which saw the conversion from a 4* property to a 5* property under his guidance.

He has contributed greatly as Corporate General Manager of Banyan Tree Hotel & Resorts, Thailand, Bangkok and played a pivotal role in the pre-opening teams of Seoul, Dubai, Macau and Koh Samui, where he oversaw the whole pre-opening phase, from construction to opening. The success of this resulted in Thumiger being appointed as General Manager of Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul, South Korea (2009) where he was responsible for opening  the 5* boutique city hotel.

Expressing his pleasure at joining the Wyndham Hotel Group as Cluster General Manager for the two properties, Stefan Thumiger said "I am very grateful to the Wyndham Hotel Group for having given me this fantastic opportunity. Both Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach and Ramada Hotel & Suites Sharjah are fabulous properties with tremendous potential for growth and I look forward to working with the hotel team to maintain and enhance operations in order to deliver the highest level of guest satisfaction whilst contributing to the hospitality landscape of the UAE by setting the finest standards."

Both a passionate and professional hotelier, Stefan Thumiger is a Swiss national with Australian citizenship. In addition to his Hotel Management Degree, Thumiger earned certificates in Marketing Strategy, Hotel Revenue Management, Financial Management Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University, USA. With his infinite know-how of the international and local hospitality realm, he can provide a strong strategic direction and create meaningful relationships with guests and the local community.

About Ramada

Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, Ramada® is a global chain of more than 840 midscale and upper-midscale full-service hotels spanning 63 countries, and is one of the most recognized hotel brands in the world. Most hotels feature an on-site restaurant, lounge or complimentary continental breakfast, as well as meeting rooms, business services, fitness facilities and Wi-Fi. With the most airport locations globally, it’s a preferred choice of world travelers. Properties also offer travelers the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com. Each Ramada hotel is independently owned and operated, except for certain Ramada hotels outside of the U.S. which are managed by an affiliate. Ramada Worldwide Inc. is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels, encompassing nearly 8,000 hotels and approximately 683,300 rooms in 73 countries.

Source: Rawaj International