Mark A.M. Van Ogtrop: Managing a brand presence with local flavor and backward approach

At the helm of a leading global hotel chain, Mark van Ogtrop is partnering with local investors to establish an international brand in secondary cities before reaching major cities and the capital. Golden Tulip Asia managing director Mark van Ogtrop has developed a unique yet, according to him, effective approach to differentiating his business from the competition. Van Ogtrop is taking a “backward approach” to introducing Golden Tulip brand in Indonesia. Unlike most hotel business players … [Read more...]

New level of green comfort at Jakarta’s first Holiday Inn

Located strategically featuring outstanding facilities, Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran stands out from the crowd.  Intercontinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) Holiday Inn in Jakarta is the perfect fit for both business and leisure stay. Location is one thing. At the heart of the Kemayoran area, the newly opened Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran is in walking distance to the 18-hole Bandar Kemayoran Golf course and only a stone’s throw away from the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo). Its grand bal … [Read more...]

Mark Germyn: Building bricks of success through human capital investment

Mark Germyn is leading with a people-based approach to establish a famous global theme park brand in Southeast Asia.  With more than 40 years of management experience in the tourist and hospitality industries, Mark Germyn understands how an amusement park and tourist attraction should run. In his short visit to Jakarta, the general manager of Legoland Malaysia Resort shared four elements that have made Legoland one of the world’s successful theme parks: creativity, quality, technology and h … [Read more...]

Flavorful French

Two Michelin-star guest Chef Stéphane Buron showcased his signature set menus in Jakarta.   While every French region is proud of its cuisine, Stéphane Buron has turned his innovative culinary approach from his corner of the Alps into a special taste of France.  Buron is the winner of “Meilleiur Ouvrier de France 2004” and “Trophy of Gastronomy” as “Best Chef of the Year 2013”. His very own secret recipes have enabled the multi-award winning chef to maintain his two Michelin-star status at … [Read more...]

A genuine taste of Italian at Pesto Autentico

An upscale Jakarta restaurant woos guests with authentic Italian fare and nostalgic but trendy charm. Nestled strategically in Central Jakarta’s business hub, Pesto Autentico’s unique interior design resembles a snug Italian neighborhood. The dimly lit space – popular among young executives and expatriates – features large wooden tables surrounded by wooden chairs in some areas, with several banquettes for those seeking a more intimate dining escape. There are also two VIP rooms that seat 1 … [Read more...]

John Galvin: Creating clarity with employees works to a tee

By Prasiddha Gustanto. Published in The Jakarta Post on June 14, 2014.  To John Galvin, understanding people and culture is essential to overcome complexities while achieving business growth in Indonesia. Conducting business in this diverse archipelagic nation is often a complicated affair. It requires knowing the people, how to work with them and the intricacies of dealing with complicated logistical matters involved in getting from points A to B, as well as stops in between. It is no … [Read more...]

Setiawan Mardjuki: Instilling appreciation for different cultures

Setiawan Mardjuki is shaping up locals to become internationally minded human resources that will contribute to the growth of hospitality properties. Indonesia has numerous resources and potential to advance its tourist sector, and Setiawan Mardjuki takes great delight in his role in the extensive development of the Tanjung Lesung Resort in Banten province. “We are building an integrated coastal tourist hub on 1,500 hectares of land. It’s five times bigger than Nusa Dua in Bali. The area’s … [Read more...]

Keeping the Brunswick legacy alive

The most recognized name in pool tables, Brunswick Billiards, has established a presence in Jakarta, aiming to tap into a new market in Indonesia’s lifestyle industry.  Brunswick Indonesia officially opened its first showroom in Menteng, Central Jakarta, at the beginning of this year. “The growth of the upper class segment and the increasing number of high net worth individuals have paved the way for growing demand for leisure activities in Indonesia. And this is what has built our busi … [Read more...]

Restoring coral reefs through art initiative breathes new life into Senggigi Beach

Text by Sudibyo M. Wiradji. Photos by Foued Kaddachi. Published in The Jakarta Post on June 5, 2014.  Underwater installations for an artificial reef park not only attract fish and divers but also benefit locals. Senggigi Beach in Lombok, one of Indonesia’s emerging tourist destinations, is on its way to regaining it lost heyday as a habitat for shrimp, lobster, squid, jelly fish and other unique marine species. The beach lost its appeal years ago due to the destruction of coral as a res … [Read more...]

Frantz Braha: Trust, the essential factor to get work done

Frantz Braha is boosting business through his ability to win the trust of his subordinates and vice versa. Samsonite Southeast Asia vice president Frantz Braha said that during his four-year tenure managing people at the travel bag manufacturer, he found that trust was essential for getting things done and meeting the company’s annual targets. “Putting trust in your subordinates will motivate them to do their best in accomplishing the tasks they are assigned. This way, it is easier for you … [Read more...]