Markus Engel
Co-Founder and CEO​ at Urban Resort Concepts

As Co-Founder and CEO of Urban Resort Concepts (URC), Markus looks back at a luxury hospitality career spanning 30 years.

Following his German hospitality management degree, his formative professional years were spent in senior management positions at iconic luxury hotel properties across Europe, Asia, The United States and Africa, including The Dorchester, London, The Datai, Langkawi, Peninsula Group properties in Beijing and Chicago as well as General Manager and later Vice President roles at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts.

Paying true homage to each location’s heritage in every aspect of its product, URC hotels are designed and run to represent an authentic yet contemporary interpretation of a destination’s Hostmanship™. Generosity, intuitiveness and an exclusively human and guest-centric focus create an environment in which to feel expected, in which to come first and one that affords intimate access to its locale. Markus’ dedication to creating and cultivating meaningful experiences for guests, colleagues and industry at large has earned him the accolade of ‘ APAC Corporate Hotelier of the Year’ in the Stelliers 2019 Asia and South Asia hospitality awards.

The collection of URC luxury urban resorts includes The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai, The RuMa Hotel and Residences, Kuala Lumpur, and The PuXuan Hotel and Spa, Beijing.