An Hotelier with more than 29 years of experiences in the luxury hospitality industry
CHENGDU, China – June 3, 2016 – International Italian hotelier Vito Romeo has been appointed General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu. Mr. Romeo joins the 5-star brand’s new flagship in south-west China from Shangri-La Hotel Bosphorus, Istanbul, which he helmed since 2014. He brings three decades of luxury hospitality experience to The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, where he assumes responsibility for all hotel operations, management, training and strategies.
His comprehensive resume of hotel operations, with a particular passion for food and beverage, includes close working relationships with legendary chefs Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon.
Mr Romeo, who is fluent in three languages, began his hospitality career in 1987 as an apprentice chef at La Coupole Hotel Mirabeau in Monte Carlo. Over the next decade he progressed through both kitchen and F&B management roles of leading luxury hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants in Monaco, Paris and London.
As general manager with the Alain Ducasse Group, he opened Bar & Boeuf in Monaco, and was subsequently director of operations and development for the great chef in New York, helming one of Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurants, Mix.
He honed his senior management skills at leading luxury hotels across Europe, including Hotel Conrad Brussels, Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan and Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris.
In 2006 he was appointed resident manager of the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, a Leading Hotel of the World, where he worked closely with Chef Joel Robuchon.
He first ventured to Asia in 2008, joining Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as executive assistant F&B manager at the Aberdeen Marina Club in Hong Kong, and remained with the group as resident manager of the Shangri-La Beijing, before stints as general manager of Shangri-La Vancouver, and most recently Shangri-La Bosphorous, Istanbul.
“I’m now delighted to return to China, joining The Ritz-Carlton’s vanguard property in the hub of the fast-growing south-west, presenting an innovative luxury hospitality experience to the ever-discerning Ritz-Carlton traveler in Chengdu’s city centre,” he said.
Mr Romeo has a degree in Hospitality Management from the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, and is also a graduate of Cornell University’s general managers programme.
In his spare time he enjoys golf, cooking and collecting cookbooks by famous international chefs.