Meet the Expert: Mr Mario Mendis – 22 years dedicated to bring Hospitality industry more than just results

[Meet the Expert] Australian Hospitality Alumni Network Vietnam is pleased to welcome Mr Mario Mendis to join our network as an Industry Expert. He has a huge passion in the Hospitality industry, not afraid to jump in and assist where is needed to contribute to the overall mission and success of a business. Mario is currently the General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza – managed by Accor Group. 

Education Background

Mario is an Australian national,  a Queenslander by heart. His education started in Brisbane, Queensland at the former Tourism College of Australia, thereafter he gained most of his professional certifications through Cornell University & Accor Academy. 

Professional Experiences

Mario has more than 22 years’ experience at hotels across The Middle East, South East Asia and the Pacific region. First entering the hotel business at the Carlton Crest in  Brisbane, he has been working for various international hotel chains such as Le Meridien, Swissotel, Amari & Centara Grand, specializing in Food & Beverage leadership roles. Mario first joined Accor in 2015 at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort and came back to Accor at  Sofitel Saigon Plaza in August 2018 as Executive Assistant Manager, subsequently rising up to General Manager. When sharing with the AHA Vietnam team, he mentioned that most of all gathering his experience from his father who was a renowned hotelier in Europe, Sri Lanka & The Middle East.

“One of my greatest strengths that I have developed over the years, is being able to adapt to different cultures & values in the teams that I have worked with, to achieve the best out of them. Thus resulting in achieving our overall goals”

Mario Mendis – General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Mr Mario Mendis
General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza/ Expert of Australian Hospitality Alumni Network

Joining Australian Hospitality Alumni Network Vietnam

Mario is an outgoing, dynamic and sales focused professional, who has a relentless drive to deliver more than just results. He has a track record of effectively leading and managing all aspects of a Hotel with multiple outlets, and of making guests genuinely feel cared for, valued, and respected. Mario has strengths of an analytical and expedient approach to problem solving which always results in a win/win resolution for all parties. 

Joining Australian Hospitality Alumni Network as a member of The Board of Experts, he believes that his strengths, experience and valuable achievements will help the network of Australian Hospitality alumni in Vietnam develop smoothly, create opportunities and train young talents to bring the service quality of Vietnam’s tourism industry to a higher level.

Visit Mr Mario Mendis on Linkedin or contact AHA Vietnam at should you wish to schedule an appointment with our Expert. 

Images provided by Mr Mario Mendis

Published by Australian Hospitality Alumni Network Vietnam (AHA Vietnam)

The Official Platform for Australian Hospitality & Tourism Alumni and Professionals in Vietnam.

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