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New GM for Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion

Released at: 08:18, 11/05/2019

New GM for Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion

Photo: Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion

Hylton Lipkin takes the helm at natural hot springs resort and hotel in Hue.

by Doanh Doanh

Wellness-inspired hospitality brand Fusion has announced it has engaged former team member Hylton Lipkin as General Manager of Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, a natural hot springs resort and hotel on the outskirts of Vietnam’s imperial capital Hue.

A South African, Mr. Lipkin has spent the last two decades honing his spa and management skills around the globe, with roles in the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific. His most recent role was as General Manager of the boutique Lao Poet Hotel in the Lao capital Vientiane, where he guided the team through pre-opening.

Prior to that he was part of the Fusion organization, working as Executive Assistant Manager of Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, where he was also involved with pre-opening and the running of the property once it debuted. Among other tasks, he was key in developing the property’s wellness concept.

“Hylton’s in-depth knowledge in the spa industry helped shape Fusion Resort Phu Quoc into the success it is today,” said Atilla Erda, the group’s Chief Operating Officer. “His proven experience at Fusion and throughout his career places him in the perfect position to bring Alba to the next level and put it on the map as a must-visit destination for hot spring lovers.”

Alba Wellness Valley, with its natural, mineral-rich hot springs, authentic Japanese-style onsen and open-air geothermal baths, is a member of Openasia group.

Established in 1994 as an investment firm operating in Vietnam, Openasia has rapidly developed into a diversified group of companies led by a strong sense of entrepreneurship. It now manages seven divisions and employs more than 1,500 staff working in sectors including fashion, craft, technology and hospitality.

Alba Wellness Valley joined the Fusion portfolio in December 2018, as the first existing hotel to be managed by the group.

Since its launch in 2008, Fusion has become a leading innovator of wellness-inspired hotels and resorts and is now the only fully vertically-integrated hospitality company in Southeast Asia. Under one roof, Fusion conceptualizes, designs, builds, and manages beachside resorts and city hotels through its uniquely-branded hospitality concepts.

It has opened six resorts and hotels in Vietnam, with a team now boasting more than 1,800 employees, including 300 spa specialists. Guests can experience Fusion’s original “all-spa inclusive” concept, and “breakfast anywhere anytime” service, along with its inventive approach to the hospitality sector in Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, and Phu Quoc. The Fusion catalogue of brands currently includes Fusion Resorts, Fusion Suites, Fusion Originals, and Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion.

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