Last week, Pullman Bangkok King Power was proud to announce the appointment of a new general manager: Jerome Denis Stubert. Stubert joins Pullman Bangkok King Power with 35 years of experience, having been with AccorHotels since 1989. Over the years, he was general manager at Novotel Samui Resort, as well as various AccorHotels properties in Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and most recently in South Korea as the cluster general manager of Seoul Dragon City. There, he oversaw four hotels.
Pullman Bangkok King Power, then, is his latest venture. The 354-room hotel comes with six restaurants and bars, as well as 20 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. Connectivity, too, is high, with easy access to the BTS Skytrain at Victory Monument Station, as well as convenient transfers to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is about 40 minutes away via the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link.
And even though Pullman Bangkok King Power is a hotel that welcomes all visitors, its MICE venues are especially noteworthy. The hotel has more than 1,500sqm of space across the aforementioned 20 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. Eternity, the first ballroom, is 470sqm and can cater up to 500 guests. Infinity, the second ballroom, is 600sqm and can cater up to 600 guests.
Meetings & Conventions Asia had a chance to sit down with Stubert, who shared his mission as new general manager of Pullman Bangkok King Power, and how Thailand's MICE capabilities have changed over the years.
Meetings & Conventions Asia (MCA): How did you come to be the new general manager of Pullman Bangkok King Power?
Stubert (S): Since I've been working for Accor for 35 years, and Pullman being part of Accor, I was approached from within the company. The general manager who was in charge of Pullman Bangkok King Power previously, Marc Begassat, he's been there for about 10 years. When he left, there's a position available, and my profile matched with Pullman because I was in charge of another Pullman in Thailand before. From there, I was offered the job. I was very happy to come back to Thailand. I was in Korea before. It's nice to get back to the warm weather again, and Bangkok is a very international and interesting city to work in.
MCA: Since you have been in Thailand for so long, have you noticed a rise in popularity for the country as a MICE destination?
S: First of all, Pullman Bangkok King Power has a mix of about 50% leisure and 50% business. Bangkok is a leisure destination, and many tourists come because the location and product is good. But we are also a MICE hotel. I think the MICE market in Bangkok is strong and getting stronger, because it's always fun to come to Bangkok for meetings. You can have fun, the shopping is not expensive, the food is good, so you can go out after a conference or meeting and enjoy the city for very reasonable prices. Everything is there. If you have the right product, especially when it is the right product for MICE, people come naturally.
MCA: Are there any services and packages at Pullman Bangkok King Power that cater to business groups?
S: We have our regular packages, [but] we can basically do anything on request. Our chef is an international chef. He worked in a five-star hotel and on the Orient Express. We [regularly] cater for special dinners, special conferences, and, [on request], we can have a Michelin-starred chef in the ballroom because we have a kitchen there. It can feel like a private restaurant.
Also, there's Deja Vu, which initially was a restaurant. Now it's a kind of event room. Usually the room is used for engagements and social events, but it can be used for lunches, dinners, coffee breaks, etc. So we can accommodate the space for whatever guests want. If you have a dream, we can help write the story.
MCA: What is your personal goal as GM here?
S: Today, we are one of the top 10 hotels for MICE. Our size is not huge, but it's big enough for events. However, I want people to think about Pullman Bangkok King Power whenever they are planning an event here. I really would like, during my tenure here, to put Pullman Bangkok King Power on the map for MICE events in Bangkok.