Crowne Plaza Vientiane welcomed its newest family member, Mr. Murali Viswanathan, as the Cluster General Manager for Crowne Plaza Vientiane and the soon-to-open Holiday Inn & Suites Vientiane.
Murali is a passionate hotelier with rich experience in hotel management, pre-openings, and hotel operations. This is Murali’s first role leading hotels for the Intercontinental Hotel Groups chain, and he leverages his experience and cultural understanding from within the region owing to his grounding experience and professional exposure across Southeast Asia, including Vietnam (Saigon), Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Rai), Indonesia (Bali), and now with Crowne Plaza in Laos (Vientiane).
One of the city-defining projects that he will undertake with the team, apart from leading the Crowne Plaza Vientiane, is the opening of the first Holiday Inn & Suites in
Laos—Vientiane—and the new Crowne Plaza Vientiane Convention Centre. This landmark
facility will add another 275 internationally branded and carefully curated rooms to the bustling Vientiane’s hospitality scene, as well as a state-of-the-art new convention center proudly operating under the Crowne Meeting banner. Alongside the expansive and fresh retail spaces and work offices, this new project development will herald a new chapter in placing Vientiane on the must-visit list of cities in ASEAN.
Besides his passion for hospitality, Murali also loves languages, and he can speak English,
Tamil, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, and a bit of Thai. In his free time, he is passionate about new technology, photography, football, and great coffee.