Working With Passion
Recently promoted to Hotel Manager at Banyan Tree’s newest resort in Krabi, Haruethai ‘Pop’ Maneerat is leading the way for women in Thailand’s hospitality sector.
With a sharp wit and an effervescent personality, Pop hails from Chiang Mai province, a region more renowned for soft-spoken women and rice-farming culture.
“Traditional thinking in Thailand is that men are always stronger leaders,” she said. “Women always have to try harder to prove themselves.”
An only child, Pop graduated in Business English at Rajabhat University in Chiang Mai, before moving into the hospitality industry 17 years ago. She has since worked at many stunning resorts, including Six Senses, and has taken on roles from butler to receptionist to duty manager to rooms manager.
In 2016, Pop was offered the job as interim general manager at The Grand Luang Prabang, and she further developed her managerial status at Banyan Tree on Koh Samui for the past three years, before finally moving across to the Banyan Tree Krabi, a luxury 72-key resort on tranquil Tubkaek Beach, where she was appointed Hotel Manager, overseeing a staff of around 120, and immediately combatting the shortfalls of a global pandemic.
“It is a dream come true working at a wonderful company such as Banyan Tree, which encourages equal opportunities regardless of gender,” she said.
Asked what advice she would offer to young women considering a career in hospitality, she replied: “My simple advice would be to work with passion, and love what you do.”
Source: Colin Hinshelwood/ CPA Media/