Name: Mr. Christo Diamandopoulos
Position title: Group Director of Project of Regal Hotels International and General Manager of Regal Kowloon Hotel
Company name: Regal Hotels
When and why did you join the industry?
I started my career in hospitality at 16 years of age. After studying Microbiology and Psychology in the university, I felt my passion was in the hotel trade which I worked in to pay for my tertiary studies. I left university and went to Tourism College and never looked back.
What do you like most about your job?
No two days are ever the same!!
What’s one of the biggest achievements of your career so far?
Unfortunately I have many but if I had to single out one, it would be that I planned and constructed a five star RAMMED EARTH Hotel which is the second largest Rammed Earth structure after the “GREAT WALL OF CHINA”. It is amazing and changes colours with each sunrise and sunset.
What’s the best advice ever given to you and who gave it?
My father told me that “Be true to you, be kind to others and the rest will fall into place naturally”.
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the industry?
Mr Peter Barge, he is the Lecturer, Hotelier, Developer, CEO, Negotiator and Friend.
What can people expect from your company and what sets it apart from the rest?
Our corporate vision is “To be the Leading Hotel Group in Asia Pacific recognized and preferred by employees and guests worldwide”. We believe that happy employees lead to happy guests. So we care about our associates’ career development and provide different types of trainings to enrich themselves and embrace them with various activities.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list?
I have been to all continents except Antarctica and South America, with that said my sights are on Argentina.
What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?
Being showered in champagne with over a million people in front of RED SQUARE MOSCOW and ushering in a NEW YEAR at minus 30 degrees.
What are three things you always take with you when travelling?
My BEATS to listen to excellent music, my i-Phone to record and explore and above all an open-mind to let me experience it all.
Name someone famous you’d like to travel with and a destination you’d like to go with them.
To St Andrew’s golf club with Clint Eastwood who is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician
What direction do you see the industry heading in over the next five to ten years?
The World is getting smaller, Social Media is getting larger and this makes travellers more aware. Our industry encompasses changes faster than any other and sharing them through hospitality is what makes it innovative, comfortable, exciting and memorable.
Regal Kowloon Hotel has spent a lot of efforts on social media. So far, we have hotel’s Facebook, Instagram, Weibo, Google+, Wechat and Youtube to share the latest promotions and new happenings in the hotel. We believe these platforms become direct communication channels with our guests around the world. They can stay tune with us any time and everywhere in a short period of time.