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Ex-Phoenix hotel chief joins Resorts World At Sentosa

MR NOEL Hawkes, the former general manager of the now-defunct Phoenix Hotel, use d to spend his days tending to the whims of guests.

But now, the 55-year-old Irishman is racking his brains over problems like wh ere to find 10,000 workers and how to clean 20 to 30 tonnes of laundry daily.

Mr Hawkes is head of the planning team of a massive $5.2 billion resort being built on Sentosa island. The project, called Resorts World At Sentosa, is sched uled to be finished in 2010. It will include six separate hotels with 1,800 room s, a ballroom that can seat 1,500 and a convention hall that can hold 2,000 people.

Mr Hawkes took over the huge job of planning the development on Jan 1.

He said: 'This is a new challenge. It is as different from my previous job as chalk and cheese.'

Mr Hawkes is a well-known figure in the hotel industry. He was the longest-se rving general manager in Singapore, spending 20 years running the show at Hotel Phoenix, owned by OCBC Bank.

After the hotel closed its doors for good in August last year, he said he wou ld take a break and 'enjoy the sea breeze' at his Sentosa Cove condominium.

But the combination of his 87-year-old mother and eight-year-old son convince d him otherwise.

His mum, who came to visit last year, scolded him for 'retiring at his age', he said.

Even worse, his young son asked him: 'Daddy, why are you not working? All dad dies work!'

Then the offer from Resorts World came.

When asked how good the offer was, Mr Hawkes coyly declined to comment. All h e would say is: 'It is a very happy relationship.'

It is certainly a busy arrangement. Mr Hawkes is occupied by issues like desi gn of hotel rooms, back-of-house operations such as how to get the 20 to 30 tonn es of daily laundry done, and where to find over 10,000 workers required to staf f the hotels.

Now, he is a full-blown Sentosa 'native' - living, working and playing on the island - and loving it.

LIM WEI CHEAN