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Mr. Francois Huet General Manager of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

Mr. Francois Huet   Mr. Francois Huet
General Manager of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

Banyan Tree Historical:
In 1984 Laguna Resorts & Hotels, acquired land on the site of an abandoned tin mine in Bang Tao Bay, Phuket. With the vision “a gold mine from a tin mine”, the following years saw an extensive rehabilitation of the site and opening of two Laguna Hotels.

In 1994, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts Pte Ltd was established, and Executive Chairman Ho Kwon Ping decided to launch a global hotel brand targeting high-end travelers. Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts was then set-up to build and manage luxury boutique hotels and resorts, steeped in Asian tradition and sensitivity to the environment. As such, the company’s flagship property Banyan Tree Phuket was launched, and within the resort were the first Banyan Tree Spa and Banyan Tree Gallery. had a chance to visit the Banyan Tree Phuket and have a special opportunity to meet with the Area General Manager, Mr. Francois Huet.

Francois Huet is French and family man who really enjoy spend his personal time with his family. He told us his background before becoming the Area General Manager of Banyan Tree Phuket ‘I started my career in Food and Beverage which is all about offering a dream around gastronomy, being Area General Manager is to expand the dream around the resort.

Before joining the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts in 2002 Francois Huet was the General Manger of the Banyan Tree Vibbinfaru in Maldives, Banyan Tree Bintan in Indonesia, Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, and previously had spent 12 years working with the Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts Group.

‘Living in different countries, cultures and lifestyle is the best way to learn how to adapt to different workplace’ He commented.

Throughout our conversation, we felt his friendliness as his staff passed by and greeted him, every time he returned their greeting. Technically he may be the head of the resort but the way he works is that he treats each staff member as a colleague not a subordinate.

‘We have to work as a team, there’s no other option’ he added with smile on his face.

We asked him about many new hotels opening these days and he mentioned that ‘I find competition the most stimulating tool to constantly improve the quality of your product and yourself. I feel our strongest competition today is outside of Phuket with strong destinations like Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Bali, Maldives which have a lot of things to offer.

Francois has an optimistic vision ‘Banyan Tree is not about luxury, it is about emotional experiences throughout your stay’. He added.

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