At start of year Dortmunder Hilton became a Radisson Blu
Dortmund, March 04, 2013.Since the start of this year, Pandox AB has been showing a new addition in its portfolio: the new hotel property located in Dortmund. At the end of the year the Hilton there became a hotel under the brand name Radisson Blu which is now being managed in a franchise collaboration by the Swedish company.
The real estate company Pandox operates from the company headquarters in Stockholm. As with all the establishments of this company specialising in hotel real estate, the operations of the new hotel will be run by its own highly capable business management. The Pandox management have found the ideal general manager candidate for the Radisson Blu Dortmund in Dieter Ulbricht who, from March, will be working in the renowned hotel at the Westfalenpark. Dieter Ulbricht will be succeeding the previous hotel director Frank Rücker, who orchestrated the debranding and rebranding of Hilton at Radisson Blu very successfully. Pandox AB wants to keep the vastly experienced expert even after his handover to Dieter Ulbricht: he will be switching over to Bremen, where from the 1st June 2013 he will be changing another Hilton hotel into a Radisson Blu and running it as the new long-term General Manager.
The new General Manager for the Radisson Blu Dortmund can also boast a very multi-faceted professional development: Dieter Ulbricht started his hotel career 1987 in the Steigenberger Kurhaushotel at Bad Kissingen, where he successfully completed his training as a restaurant specialist. He remained true to Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts until 1996, before then working in various roles in the departments for Sales, Food & Beverages and Operations at first-rate businesses in Cologne and Berlin. He occupied the position of General Manager for the first time in 2007 at the resort Schwielowsee in Potsdam. Dieter Ulbricht worked for the Rezidor Hotel Group for a total of more than 5 years – most recently as General Manager of the Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel, Düsseldorf. The 41-year-old is now very happy about the new challenge of being able to take on the function of General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel Dortmund. “Like Rezidor, Pandox is also an international hotel real estate company with roots in Scandinavia – and I have certainly had excellent experience of this. As well as the conversion from Hilton to Radisson Blu, another thing that I find exciting about my future task is of course also the renovation phase and the subsequent repositioning in the Dortmund hotel market – commercially, as well as socially,” says the expert in anticipation of his new mission.
The strategy of Pandox AB focuses on a long-term approach and quality – it has been putting this to the test with an impressive international portfolio since 1995. It is now one of the biggest real estate companies in Europe. The successful business concept is based, among other things, on a concentration on the company’s own core competences: investment is exclusively restricted to hotel properties. After the takeover, the focus of forward-looking activities is upon strategy development, logistics optimisation and financial assistance and contributions of capital. Pandox AB focuses mainly – as the current new addition Radisson Blu Dortmund also proves – on properties in the centres of important cities, airports and conference and trade fair sites. The Radisson Blu Dortmund has more than 190 rooms, benefits good transport connections, directly at the Westfalenpark, is not far from the airport and will be renovated step by step in the coming months.
Pandox is one of Europe’s leading players and investors in hotel real estate in terms of geographical spread, number of hotels, brands and size. The portfolio contains 116 hotels, 1 conference and trade fair centre and 11 operative units with a total of 24,000 rooms in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the UK, Switzerland, the Bahamas and Canada. Pandox hotels are managed in various contractual forms under familiar brands such as Scandic, Hilton, InterContinental, Hyatt, Radisson Blu, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Clarion, Comfort, Quality, Elite, First, Rica, Park Inn, Best Western, Rantasipi and Omena or via independent sales channels. Pandox AB (publ) is in possession of Eiendomsspar AS and Sundt AS
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