Alma Resort Promotes Talented Homegrown Hospitality Professionals

Alma Resort has appointed two directors of food and beverage who bring a total of almost three decades of rich industry experience to the executive team of the 30-hectare beachfront property.

Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler named Doan Pham Anh Tu as director of F&B (outlets operation) and Nguyen Huy Cuong as director of F&B (MICE and F&B sales) at the resort overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula. Both Tu and Cuong had been assistant F&B directors at Alma before their promotions.

After graduating from Ho Chi Minh City’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Nha Trang branch) with a bachelor’s degree in English linguistics and literature, Tu started his 15-year career as a waiter at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in 2007. He became the restaurant manager of Nha Trang’s Green Apple restaurant and Red Apple bar before taking on a role in marketing and logistics at a Vietnamese metal container manufacturer.

Tu then climbed the ranks at Mia Resort Nha Trang, first as a restaurant captain, then a restaurant supervisor, assistant restaurant manager, restaurant manager and assistant F&B manager before joining Alma in 2019 as assistant F&B director.

Describing himself as “responsible, highly resourceful and reliable”, Tu said his strengths include people management, staff development, targets and budgets, menu planning and function management.

Born and bred in nearby Nha Trang, Cuong studied English for business and tourism at Nha Trang Teachers’ Training College before starting his 12-year hospitality career as a waiter at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. He then became a guest relations officer at Six Senses Con Dao before returning to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay as an F&B supervisor.

He then became a restaurant manager at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, assistant manager at InterContinental Nha Trang Costa Seafood restaurant, assistant outlet manager at Duyen Ha Resort Cam Ranh and outlet manager at The Anam before joining Alma as outlet manager in July 2019. Cuong was then promoted to assistant F&B manager and later assistant F&B director.

Cuong said he was “dedicated, hard-working and open-minded” and looking forward to learning more in his new role overseeing the resort’s MICE and F&B sales.

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