Hilton Worldwide has announced the appointment of Gerd Knaust as general manager of two new flagship resorts that are scheduled to open soon: the luxury Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay with its private villas and the Doubletree by Hilton, Sanya Haitang Bay.
He has over 25 years of international hotel experience, having started his hotel career as a chef in his native Germany, and then gaining wide experience there and throughout Asia, where he has held senior management positions at top hotels in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and mainland China. His first job in China dates back to 1991 when he was the executive sous chef of China World Hotel Beijing. His first general manager post was at the Mandarin Oriental Surabaya, a five-star heritage resort. Subsequently he was hotel manager at the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong for two years before returning to mainland China in 2006 to become general manager of the Mandarin Oriental.