Hilton Appoints Maria Ariizumi as Vice President of Development for South East Asia
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Singapore – Hilton has announced the appointment of Maria Ariizumi as vice president, Development, South East Asia. Maria joins Hilton from Swire Hotels where she led efforts to set up Swire’s 3rd party hotel development platform, with her responsibilities spanning hotel development, planning and projects across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. During her tenure, Swire Hotels saw a doubling of the group’s hotel portfolio.

She joins Hilton on 4 March 2024, based out of the Hilton corporate office in Singapore.

Maria’s illustrious hospitality career also spans stints with Galaxy Entertainment Group, Marriott International and Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in hotel development, feasibility and corporate finance roles. A native of Japan, Maria will partner closely with Hilton’s existing owners and new partners to drive the company’s development strategy in South East Asia. This newly-created role testifies to the growing importance of this dynamic region, and Maria’s time-tested track record will support Hilton’s ambition to double its portfolio here in the next 3 years.

“South East Asia holds great potential for the travel and tourism sector, and we are incredibly upbeat about the healthy momentum in both travel demand and hotel development. I am thrilled to welcome Maria to the Hilton family at this critical inflection point and am confident that she will lead the team to new heights as we write our next growth chapter together,” said Clarence Tan, senior vice president, Development, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

“It is an amazing opportunity to steer the expansion of an iconic brand like Hilton in the vibrant South East Asia region. Hilton has established a stellar foundation here and is well respected by owners and industry watchers alike for its market-leading performance. With the support of a best-in-class team, I look forward to leading and delivering on our growth ambitions in this market,” said Maria.