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China - Jean-Philippe Jacopin

Bailli Provincial of Southwest China goes up in the hotel world

Xi’an, China, October 20, 2014 – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Mr Jean-Philippe Jacopin as General Manager for the Shangri-La Xi’an, its flagship hotel in China. The hotel has 395 guestrooms and suites and a 2,750m2 event space.

Xi’an is not Mr Jacopin’s first time in China. Indeed, he already spent over four years in Chongqing, where he managed a five-star property for a well-known international group.

Hailing from France and the son of hoteliers, Mr Jacopin brings with him over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, one-third of which was gained in Asia including Japan, Korea and since 2010, China.

After graduating from a hotel management school in his native country, he moved to Switzerland to further his studies and experience. In 1990, joined the Hilton group as a food and beverage trainee in Geneva. He worked his way up through various postings, including sales and marketing and operations management positions. He then worked in the United Kingdom for 10 years before moving to Asia with his wife, Marlène.

Passionate about food, Mr Jacopin began his career in the kitchen, but very soon realised that his real interest lay in direct contact with people.

With a strong food and beverage background, he has won several awards for the different properties, including a hotel in South Korea that won the prestigious Travel Award for “Best Golf & Spa Resort in South Korea” for three consecutive years.

Mr Jacopin has a deep passion for the hotel industry with a special love for gastronomy – a passion he likes to share and which led him start the Bailliage Provincial of Southwest China, which now has two local groups – one in Chongqing and one in Chengdu.

Photos below (c) Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an