Daniel Welk is the Managing Director of Hazaña Hotel Advisory, with over 29 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Originally from Australia, Daniel has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and has over 20 years’ experience in Asia, with tenure in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, India, and Singapore across a variety of senior executive roles and has an acute understanding of the cultural nuances within Asia Pacific.
Prior to launching Hazaña Hotel Advisory, my latest role was as the Vice President of Hilton’s portfolio of luxury and lifestyle properties for the Asia Pacific region, covering the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and Canopy by Hilton brands.
As the Asia Pacific luxury and lifestyle brand leader for Hilton, a position I held for almost 4 years, I was responsible for ensuring the portfolio of 25 hotels were market leaders, by partnering with the operations team to drive Rev PAR performance; bringing to life all brand initiatives; and enhancing and growing partnerships and loyalty throughout the region. I was also responsible for bringing together the cross-functional partners at Hilton to ensure the existing pipeline of 21 hotels were to be launched successfully. In addition, I worked with the business development team to secure new deals.
Prior to this role, I was the Vice President of Operations for India, a role where I oversaw 15 trading hotels and resorts in the region as well as numerous projects in the active pre-opening stage. I was also the local representative Director for Hilton Management Services Pvt. Ltd and oversaw the administrative functions of Hilton’s business in India.
Before taking charge of India in December 2013, I served as General Manager and was responsible for the overall leadership and asset management of the award-winning Hilton Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Prior to that, I launched the 506-room year-round mountain resort Hilton Niseko Village in Hokkaido, Japan, a destination that remains close to my heart and a resort I believe, is the snowiest resort on the planet.
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