Mr. T.M. Wong, the owner of Cocotinos Boutique Resorts and Odyssea Divers with his management team welcomed Mr Iwan Sitompul to head Cocotinos' new 28-room boutique beach resort perched upon a 350-meter white sandy beach overlooking the Gili Nanggu and Gili Tangkung in the south-west of Lombok Island with an extensive spa, scuba dive and water sports facilities.
Born in Bangka Island, Iwan began his career in 1974 a cashier at UTA French Airlines Jakarta at early young age. Four years after, Iwan was promoted to District Manager in UTA’s branch office in Balikpapan. Whilst in Balikpapan, he was instrumental in the tourism development of that area while undertaking a successful career in being the advisor to board of directors of 3 oil service companies and later heading the Formalities Department of American’s Bechtel International Balikpapan Oil Refinery Expansion Project and Bontang LNG Refinery Expansion Project, in charge of the formalities of 2,400 foreign employees.
He joined Heritage International Hotel Management and Consultants in Singapore in l987 as Co-owner and Executive Director in charge of sales and strategic marketing where he had been involved in number of consultancies of boutique hotels in Thailand and Malaysia. Iwan’s portfolios include launching and marketing of Puri Kamandalu Resort in Ubud and the Marante Hotel in Toraja to international market; representing Griyawisata Hotels Group (Hotel Tiara Medan, Bali Hotel Respati, Besakih and Puri Dalem, Hotel Bintang Jakarta); representing and marketing Hotel Kartika Plaza Jakarta, Marante Highland Resort Toraja and Kamandalu Resort Bali for Singapore and Malaysian markets.
Iwan has been resident of Bali since 1999 and ever since involved in several unique boutique hotels in Bali and Lombok as sales & marketing executive consultant. He successfully coordinated and spearheaded the promotion and launching of resorts i.e., Champlung Sari, Vila Lumbung, The Payogan, The Viceroy Bali and the pioneer of putting Vila Ombak and Gili Trawangan as Lombok’s high profile boutique hotel and prime destination respectively. Iwan travelled extensively around the world to represent all the hotels under his consultancies in the major worldwide trade exchanges.
Prior to his latest assignment as General Manager of Cocotinos Sekotong Lombok, he was consultant for South East Asia of K-Hotels head-quartered in Beverly Hills, California, USA and also involved in the development of tourism marketing and branding of Flores.
With his new assignment, Iwan is back in his favourite occupation and his extensive sales contacts and network in local, regional and international market circles will ensure marketing success of Cocotinos, Boutique Beach Resorts.
Iwan can be contacted directly at his email address iwan[at]cocotinos.com