Interview with Mr. Marc Moneaux, a long-stay Guest of Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai
Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai officially opened its door in December 28, 2007. Constructed on the international five-star standard, the hotel is under the management of Greater China Hospitality (H.K.) Company Limited. with the joint investment of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics as well as Shanghai Chunda Sourceland Industrial Co,. Ltd.
Embracing the 10th anniversary of its founding this year, Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai has developed into an elegant and stylish five-star hotel equipped with sound software and hardware facilities, best catering to the needs of business, traveling and meeting. The hotel boasts various meeting and banquet venues with a total area of 1,000 square meters, providing comprehensive and professional services for all kinds of business and social activities. The multifunctional rooms with a full range of facilities can meet the requirements for meetings of various sizes. In addition, all the conference venues are accessible to wireless Internet, advanced audio-visual equipment and simultaneous interpretation system. Other amenities including professional private assistant and secretarial services as well as high-speed Internet access services can also be found in the hotel’s Business Center.
Meanwhile, this year is also the 100th anniversary of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. With a hundred years of history and culture, the university has rich academic atmosphere, which cultivates not only thousands of students but also Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai.
In such a special year, Grand Hotels Media has the great privilege to recall the past and look to the future with Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai together. In this issue, we interviewed Mr. Marc Moneaux, a long-stay guest of the hotel, discovering the other side of the hotel from the perspective of the guest. In October, we will interpret the hotel from the viewpoint of the hotel staff. In December, we will also report the 10th anniversary ceremony of the hotel in our cover story.
Grand Hotels Media: This year, Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai is embracing its 10th anniversary of establishment. What makes you choose this hotel as your home away from home?
Mr. Marc Moneaux: Every year, about 180 surgeons all over the world stay at Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai for two weeks. At the beginning, we chose the hotel because it’s close to Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital. The hospital recommended the hotel for us and we found it convenient and comfortable after long-term cooperation. Later, we grew fond of the hotel gradually. Situated next to the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, the hotel enjoys an advantageous geographical location. It’s a 5-minute drive to Fudan University and Tongji University and very close to Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao International Airport, People’s Square and the Bund. Quite environment and amicable staff are also the reasons I love Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai.
Grand Hotels Media: Since 2007, Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai has opened for a decade. Could you share with us how you witness the hotel development during these years?
Mr. Marc Moneaux: In recent years, the hotel has constantly improved no matter in room services or software and hardware facilities. Compared to 10 years ago, the hotel has become increasingly considerate in food, accommodation and business facilities. Besides, the deepest touch for me is that in Shanghai, the communication tool is more and more advanced. Recently, I am using a local communication software, which totally works well at abroad.
Grand Hotels Media: As far as we know, you are the Senior Marketing Executive of GRENA LTD., a company specializing in medical devices. At all times, you need to fly around the world, along with your friend, Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas, who is also the inventor of uniportal VATS and Director of VATS Training Course for Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital. Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas is also a long-stay guest of Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai. So, do the hotel’s meeting facilities and services cater to your business needs?
Mr. Marc Moneaux: Like other world renowned doctors, I travel around the world every year. Shanghai is just one stop. We find Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai particularly comfortable and convenient not only for its superior geographical location and tranquil living environment, but also for its well-equipped meeting facilities.
Grand Hotels Media: As a long-stay guest of the hotel, you must be very familiar with the surrounding environment and delicacies. Could you give us an insight?
Mr. Marc Moneaux: At work, I usually stayed in my room for several days. Guest room had become the other office for me. The hotel served various featured dishes so that I could concentrate on my work. The Chinese Restaurant serves very delicious local food. The Japanese cuisine and hot pot are also very good options. Besides, there are a lot of fantastic bars and restaurants near Wujiaochang, which are all worthwhile to try.
Grand Hotels Media: Nowadays, the hospitality industry is booming with fierce competition. What makes you a loyal customer to Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai?
Mr. Marc Moneaux: First of all, the hotel keeps quite in a bustling neighborhood, which makes me very satisfied. Secondly, the hotel has comfortable and intimate services as well as well-equipped software and hardware facilities. Last but not at least, I’ve already had a special feeling towards the hotel. The longer I stayed here, the more I knew about the hotel. Up to now, I am quite familiar with the hotel staff, facility and services. The hotel creates such a relaxing, pleasant and considerate atmosphere, which is just like my home away from home. I couldn’t find any reason I should leave here.
《大酒店》：据悉，您就职于一家经营医疗器械，名为“格兰诺”的公司，您经常和您的朋友Diego Gonzalez Rivas先生飞行于世界各地，Diego Gonzalez Rivas先生是单项转运体腔镜的发明者,也是上海市肺科医院腔镜手术培训课的主管。和您一样，Diego Gonzalez Rivas先生也长期居住于财大豪生大酒店，作为财大豪生长住客，请问酒店商务会议方面的服务对您和您朋友的事业提供了怎样的帮助呢？