PKF hotelexperts is expanding into Africa and Asia: Nils Heckscher and Robin Wattinger are heading offices in Cape Town and Shanghai
25 Jun 2018
The hospitality consulting company PKF hotelexperts is expanding into Africa and Asia and has opened two new offices in Cape Town and Shanghai. Nils Heckscher (55) is the head of the team in Cape Town and the PKF hotelexperts office in Shanghai is led by Robin Wattinger (37).
Nils Heckscher, who has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, has been working and living in South Africa for almost 30 years. Among other positions, he was the Managing Director of the Winchester Mansions Hotel as well as the Deputy General Manager of the Peninsula All Suite Hotel. In 2014, he became self-employed and founded his own consulting company. In 2000 Nils was nominated as the South African hotelier of the year.
Robin Wattinger has been working in the alternative investment and real estate industry for more than 13 years. Since 2006 he has been living in China and has been involved in various international real estate projects and transactions, notably for hotels. Robin also acted as a Hong Kong and south Asian-representative for the Studio F.A. Porsche within the area of branded real estate. He was previously an Executive Director at LGT Bank and an Associate Vice President at LGT Capital Partners in Hong Kong, focusing on private equity, hedge funds and real estate investments.
Michael Widmann, Managing Director of PKF hotelexperts: “The hotel and tourism sector is the industry which best reflects opportunities afforded by globalization. Whoever is not able to think and act internationally, has no chance for success in the future. We are very excited to expedite our expansion into these two key markets. Nils Heckscher and Robin Wattinger are, thanks to their experience and their expertise, a great addition to our global team.”
Nils Heckscher, Head of Africa at PKF hotelexperts: “I am very excited to represent this well-known company as their ‘Man in Africa’. Africa is a huge continent and often misunderstood but it provides numerous opportunities for our industry. The hotel scene is versatile – from five-star-lodges to budget hotels - a broad spectrum is represented. I am looking forward to head PKF hotelexperts’ foray into this vibrant market!”
Robin Wattinger, Head of Asia at PKF hotelexperts: “PKF has an excellent reputation and a good network in hospitality consulting in Asia. To expand this further is an extraordinarily exciting task. Asian hotel operators and investors are increasingly becoming ‘key players’ globally. Because of this, as well as based on the demand we see in Asia for our services, our expansion is consequential. Not only China, but the whole Far East is an attractive market.”
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