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September 19, 2013 Corporate No Comments Email Email

Andrew Chan, Founder and CEO of ACI HR Solutions Limited, the leading Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Lifestyle Executive Search & Recruitment firm in Asia today announced the opening of their first franchise operations in Manila, Philippines.The new joint Managing Directors of ACI HR Solutions in the Philippines, Consul General a.h. Robert Lim Joseph and Ms Deedee Ledonio were announced as the new Franchisees by Mr Chan.

Andrew ACI4“I’m thrilled to open our first ACI franchise in the Philippines as part of our strategy of growing the ACI brand and HR Solution services across the Asian region” said Chan.

In today’s tight employment market, companies are struggling to find talents and are constantly looking for external assistance with the recruitment process. The combination of a booming tourism industry and new job creations, and the traditionally high staff turnover rate has created a high demand for skilled talents that are not easily sourced through traditional means. With lean Human Resource staffs, companies are increasingly outsourcing their recruitment needs, this makes ACI an ideal franchise, particularly in emerging markets such as the Philippines, said Mr Chan.

Consul General a.h. Robert Lim Joseph, is a pillar in the travel and tourism industry in the Philippines, he has founded major organizations as well as advocacies in advancing the interests of the Philippines travel and tourism industry.

In 2012, Consul Joseph was given the recognition of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the “Tourism Man of the Year”. Subsequently, he was also given the greatest honor of the Province of Cebu as the “Adopted Son of Cebu” and was given the “Governor’s Award of Merit” for his contribution in the promotion of tourism in the said province.

Deedee Ledonio is the Secretary General of Skal International Makati and was an ex-Secretary General of the Tourism Educators and Movers of the Philippines.  She has played an active role as board member from 2005-2010 with the Philippine Association for Convention Exhibit Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS).

An entrepreneur since 1995, Ms Ledonio was featured in various magazines such as Working Mom and Entrepreneur and has co-written books such as Convention and Exhibition Manual Series 1 & 2, The Basic Guidelines of Importing into the Philippines and MICE Book.

Ms Ledonio said, “our group felt this is an opportune time to partner with ACI HR Solutions, particularly with the emergence of the US$15b – 100 hectare Entertainment City Project in the reclaimed area Manila Bay, where four approved integrated resort projects (Solaire Resort & Casino, Belle Grand Manila Bay, Resorts World Bayshore and Manila Bay Resorts) are soon to open, in addition to the many other resorts and hotels being developed across the Philippines.”

“We identified a need for a dedicated Executive Search firm focused solely on the travel, tourism, hospitality and lifestyle industries, and Andrew Chan has an outstanding reputation and knows this business from A-Z. We believe that timing is perfect with a booming Philippine tourism industry, and the entry of ACI HR Solutions in the Philippines is surely something we look forward to.” said Ledonio.

ACI HR Solutions Ltd is Asia’s leading specialist Recruitment, Executive Search and Professional Training firm dedicated to the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Lifestyle Industries.

For more information, please contact Andrew Chan directly on +852 5902 1000 or via email at

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