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Landis shifts gears after revenue falls 4.97 percent

By Crystal Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Landis Taipei Hotel Co (亞都麗緻) aims to emerge unharmed this year from an economic downturn after revenue dropped 4.97 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier and has yet to show signs of improvement this quarter.

“We are striving to subdue the impact of the ongoing economic downturn with some strategy adjustments that will not compromise the quality of food and beverage and services,” newly appointed general manager Newman Yen (顏鎮國) told a media briefing.

Yen, 55, recently took the helm at the hotel operations division of Landis Hospitality Group (麗緻餐旅集團), the parent company of the five-star hotel on Taipei’s Minquan E Road.

A 27-year veteran of the industry, Yen has been charged with the ongoing mission to diversify income sources and increase the customer base for the Landis Taipei and Hotel One Taichung.

The hotels aim to boost occupancy by attracting female business travelers and sporting event organizers, as annual trade shows such as Computex Taipei are losing importance, Yen said.

To that end, the Landis Taipei is redecorating rooms to improve their comfort and convenience for female clientele, Yen said, adding that the hotel is also offering special promotions to attract travelers participating in sporting events.

Despite changes in other areas, the hotel remains adamant about providing a fine dining experience at Paris 1930, which has long been touted as Taipei’s top French restaurant by industry guides, food and beverage assistant manager Gary Lo (羅明威) said.

“Profit maximization does not sit atop the list of concerns at Paris 1930, which aims instead to entertain and impress customers with its creative French dishes,” Lo said, adding that is the reason the hotel has given chef Clement Pellerin and his team ample room to design and create a menu based on ingredients he deems are the best fit.

The restaurant yesterday began to offer a new set of menus featuring dishes with asparagus, appetizers and desserts priced at NT$3,800 per person.

Under Pellerin’s stewardship, Paris 1930 has increased its revenue by 10 percent to 20 percent, Landis Taipei said.

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