Jorge Gonzalez in larger leadership role as Mandarin expands its exclusive resort hotel brand in Caribbean and elsewhere
As the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group explodes, with 18 planned projects across the globe in the works, Miami's own Jorge Gonzalez, general manager of the local Mandarin, has a new major role: executive vice president of the group's southern region. The new Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya in Mexico falls under his purview, as will the resort planned for Dellis Cay, an uninhabited island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He will continue also to run the Mandarin Miami, overseeing a staff of 575 employees.
The economic downturn has meant fewer corporate guests, mainly from the financial sector, but European visitors continue to pour in, Mr. Gonzalez says. To combat a future slowdown, outreach to burgeoning markets is in the works, with no plans to lower room rates.
Mr. Gonzalez was interviewed in his Brickell Key office by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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