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Kumiko Shafer joins Pan Pacific Hotels Group as Director, Global Sales, North America

July 31, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Pan Pacific Hotels Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Kumiko Shafer as Director, Global Sales, North America.

Based in San Francisco and working closely with the Global Sales Office in New York, Kumiko will lead the global sales strategies for North America with the aim of growing the market and enhancing client engagement to drive revenue for the Group’s properties within and outside the region.


Kumiko Shafer

In North America, Pan Pacific Hotels Group currently owns and/or manages four hotels and resorts – namely the three-time Green Globe certified Pan Pacific Seattle in the US as well as the multiple award-winning Pan Pacific Vancouver, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre in Canada.

Most recently, Kumiko was Director of Business Development with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in San Francisco where she was responsible for representing and promoting more than 80 hotels worldwide. Prior to that, Kumiko garnered close to five years of sales experience with Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Marriott Northern California Regional Sales Office.

“Kumiko brings to our Global Sales team a sharp sense of sales acumen honed through successful tenures at both hotel and regional level, as well as a well-cultivated network of important client relationships in the US,” says Kevin Croley, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

“We are excited to work with Kumiko in harnessing these strengths to raise the profile of our brands and hotels among North American travellers and forge new business opportunities, especially within the corporate and MICE sectors.”

Supported by a Global Sales network which now spans Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, San Francisco and London, Pan Pacific Hotels Group is fast expanding its global footprint, with a growth focus on Asia Pacific.

In April, the Group opened PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw as the first international hotel in the capital of Myanmar, and is on track to open its fifth property in China – Pan Pacific Hotel and Serviced Suites Tianjin – later this year.

The scheduled opening of another seven “Pan Pacific” and PARKROYAL hotels and resorts in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar over the next three years brings the Group’s portfolio to close to 40 properties worldwide.

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