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Five Minutes with Simon Yip

So many questions, so little time. We chat with the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Peninsula Hotels, to pick his brain on PenCities Guides, The Peninsula Academy, and Peninsula Partnerships.

Holding a title of such magnitude, Simon Yip is our go-to for insider information regarding anything and everything Peninsula Hotels. We love the ability of Simon and his team to position the historical brand in a way that’s true to heritage, while incorporating contemporary and timeless partnerships, such as Beats by Dr. Dre and Chanel. Additionally, foraging new and forward-thinking ways to experience Peninsula destinations, such as the PenCities Guides and The Peninsula Academy.

Q: Peninsula is infamously known for the Green Rolls Royce. What fuels these types of collaborations and partnerships?

A: The ability to surprise and delight our guests with ground-breaking new programs is a hallmark of The Peninsula Hotels. Collaborations with elite brands form part of this approach.

Q: Explain one of your favorite most-recent collaborations.

A: We chose to partner with Beats by Dr. Dre, an unprecedented partnership for both companies, offering incredible audio quality to our guests.

Q: Does the Peninsula partner with charitable organizations?

A: Yes, for example, Elephant Parade, the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues, opened its Thai flagship store at The Peninsula Bangkok.

Q: How were the PenCities Guides born?

A: We know that our guests are well traveled and always seeking new inspirations. That’s why we partnered with LUXE City Guides to create inspiring Peninsula guides for each destination.

Q: What type of experiences do the PenCities Guides include?

A: The online luxury lifestyle journal provides guests with curated recommendations of the latest cultural openings and special events, finest dining, entertainment, and more.

Q: Is there an itinerary available for one-day guests?

A: For top sights and off beat finds, a self-guided one day tour itinerary is available.

Q: Speaking of the guest experience, what are some key features of The Peninsula Academy Program?

A: Each Peninsula hotel works closely with selected partners, ranging from leading artists to celebrity chefs, to capture the very best of each city.

Q: What activities are available only through The Peninsula Academy?

A: Iconic Peninsula signatures, such as tuk tuks at The Peninsula Bangkok and jeepneys at The Peninsula Manila.




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