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MEET THE TEAM​

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

In 2020, the pandemic has changed the world and very drastically changed how every business operates. The hospitality and restaurant business saw the most profound structural changes. Our team has risen to the occasion, looking ahead to the post-pandemic environment, we have reinvented ourselves. Destination Group has emerged as a learner, bigger, smarter, and more productive company. We have centralized our group services from all hotels, restaurants, and hostels into a centralized services group based in our corporate head. This means our human resources, finance, and purchasing across the whole group are now in our corporate office under one team. This enables us to operate more efficiently with more control and secure group wide purchasing power. We have implemented cross-utilization of manpower in our businesses allowing us to become more productive with a smaller workforce while we still offer the same level of customer service. We have rolled out a travel and tour team that enables us to consolidate up the value chain to package our properties with tours and ground services. This gives us a competitive advantage against other hotels and hostels and further enhances our business unit profitability. We have rolled out ghost kitchen brands in all of our hotels that are using Grab and Food Panda platforms. This enables our restaurants to drive more revenue at times of the day when it is typically slower. Lastly, we have launched an events team that focusses on driving more events into our hotels, restaurants, and hostels thus increasing revenues from outside guests and driving more people to come to our properties whether they be in-house guests or external event guests. The result is dynamic, more productivity, more revenue, less overhead, and higher utilization of our assets.”

HISTORY OF DESTINATION GROUP

Destination Group was founded almost 25 years ago by Gary Murray, the firm’s current CEO, as a real estate investment company focused on acquiring distressed hotel assets. The Company’s first acquisition was the Melia Hotel in Hua Hin. Thailand, a 297-room 4-star hotel, acquired for approximately US$22m, renovated for US$5m, and sold in 2014 for US$100m. Growth continued through acquiring hotel assets in Phuket, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, and Bangkok. As a natural adjunct of the hotel business, the Company started to operate branded restaurants under Destination Eats. In 2008, the Company opened Hard Rock Cafe Phuket, its first successful foray into the restaurant business.
In 2014, the Company opened its first Hooters restaurant, which led to a multi-franchise development agreement in 2015 with Hooters for exclusive brand rights in SE Asia. Driven by the rise of food delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company expanded to include virtual kitchen brands in 2020. Further expanding into the hospitality industry, the Company began acquiring hostels in 2019 under the brand Collective Hospitality. Party hostel’s Slumber Party and Bodega comprise most of the 34 hostels in the portfolio, positioning the brand as the world’s 4th largest hostel company. In 2022, the Company plans to open their hotel/hostel concept, Socia\tel Koh Samui, and their glamping hostel, Path Hostels.

Our Team

GARY MURRAY

PRESIDENT

Gary is the founder and CEO of Destination Group Co. LTD, with 30 years of hotel development, operations, and ownership experience.

He has managed the company’s growth into one of Asia’s largest hospitality companies. Gary has an MBA from Dalhousie University and a BA from University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has developed 4- and 5-star resorts overseas and in Thailand under the Hilton, Starwood, Swissotel and Novotel brands & owns and operates lifestyle F&B brands.

Stacey Walton

VICE PRESIDENT HOTEL OPERATIONS

Stacey Walton joined Destination Group in 2022 as Director of Hotel Operations supporting the leadership and rebranding of our hotels in Phuket, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

He was recently promoted to VP – Hotels to further develop Destination Hospitality Management in becoming the region’s leader as a professional hotel management company. Originally from the UK graduating with a hotel management ...

Paul Prescott

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DEVELOPMENT

Paul brings over 35 years' experience developing commercial and hospitality real estate projects in Asia having held senior operational and development roles for The Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hyatt International and Oakwood Asia Pacific.

His experience in Hotel operations and development has covered hospitality projects and portfolios across Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam. Myanma, Cambodia, India and Thailand.

Supakit Eimsamank

Executive Vice President - Acquisition

Supakit Eimsamank, is Executive Vice President, of Business Development, he grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, and graduated in Bachelor degree from the Chiangmai University, and MBA (Banking Finance) from Birmingham University, England. He spent 2 years as Tourism News Reporter and 15 years works in Real Estate Business with many companies; Jones Lang La Salle, Central Pattana CP Land, Thompson Singapore, Erawan Group and with current company, Destination Resorts since 2006. ...

SENEE DOUNGSUWAN

EXECUTIVE Vice President- CONSTRUCTION

Senee has 20 years of experience in construction, primarily with the Destination Group. He is a special instructor at Ratchaburi Technical College for construction and MRT projects and has extensive experience leading hotel construction and renovation projects.

Nadiia Dimitrova

GENERAL MANAGER for Radisson Phuket Resort & Suites

Nadia has 11 experience in hospitality with Hilton, Accor, and recently with the Radisson brand in various management positions. Based primarily in Thailand, she started her career with Destination Group in 2014. Nadiia holds a Bachelor's in hotel management.

Gary Dowson

Director of Fun, Siam Adventure Club

Gary has been an entertainment professional with over 20 years in the industry. Gary has a mind that enjoys creating fun and high quality entertainment where ever he goes. His own designs range from Resort Entertainment programmes, Cruise Ships Entertainment programmes, Theatre and Touring Shows, Children’s Books, TV Shows, Characters & Mascots, Merchandise, Music Festivals and Training Courses.

ROUNAK KESHRI

Vice President Investment

Rounak, a 12-year expert in hotel and real estate investments, serves as VP of Investments. His role encompasses investment, acquisition, investor relations, and management. With a strong background at CBRE, JLL, Tata Group, and Mahindra & Mahindra in Asia.
Rounak holds a Master's in Real Estate from the University of Washington, an MBA from Pune University, and a Bachelor's from Delhi University. He was honored with the 2019 Young Achiever Award by the World Federation of Marketing Professionals.

Rajesh Sinhmar

FINANCE CONTROLLER

Rajesh Sinhmar, MBA(Finance) with 30 years of experience in various domains of Finance, while working with top hotels in the hospitality industry. Driven by continued learning & excellence, a self-starter and quick learner. Adept at implementing innovative practices to improve efficiency.

Having a vast experience of working with renowned brands in hospitality industry located in India like ITC Hotels Ltd, Park Hotel, The Grand New Delhi. Currently working as Finance Controller with Destination Hospitality Co., Ltd.

Netnapa Muankhoksoong

Senior Corporate Lawyer

From one of the best law schools in Thailand; Thammasat University, Gloy is an experienced lawyer in business and corporate law. She also has a background in litigation, criminal, labour, immigration and property law. She has held leadership roles in previous law firms, and stepped up to run her own consulting company before joining our organisation. She now oversees all legal matters for Destination Group.

KITTITOUCH SIRIRUB

LICENSE SPECIALIST

Sirirub has 20 years of experience in real estate covering retail, express store, restaurant, hotel and hostel industries. His experience comes from the well-known property agency, developer and owner that make him to understand the best practice solutions for managing, co-ordinating, negotiating and liasing with the government sectors. He is a part of the team who bought 4 hotels to Destination Group. He has a Master’s degree...

ROME PANITKULJUKKRAWAL

GENERAL MANAGER for Holiday inn Surin

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MARIO TAULIEN

General Manager - Radisson Hua Hin

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