New VP of development for China, North Asia joins Dream Hotel Group

The Dream Phuket Hotel in Thailand. Photo credit: Dream Hotel Group (Sunny Li has more than 30 years of hotel development and portfolio expansion, and was most recently COO at Sinowood Hotels & Resorts.)

Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group appointed Sunny Li as VP of development for China and North Asia. Tapping into more than 30 years of experience in hotel development and portfolio expansion, Li brings a wealth of knowledge and a global network of relationships with real estate developers, capital groups and private investors to Dream Hotel Group.

Home to its Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels brands, Dream Hotel Group encompasses three business lines: proprietary brands, hotel management and dining & nightlife. Based in Shanghai, Li will be responsible for driving the company’s four lifestyle hotel brands into China and North Asia markets, playing an integral role in the continued growth and success of the company.

“We are pleased to welcome Sunny to our team as we continue to introduce our brands to new markets in China and North Asia,” Jay Stein, CEO of Dream Hotel Group, said in a statement. “Sunny is a highly skilled and connected individual; his diverse background, business acumen and strategic insight will most certainly help bring Dream Hotel Group into the next chapter of its development.”

“Our potential in this part of the world is unlimited. We are grateful to have someone of Sunny’s caliber join the team at such a pivotal moment in our trajectory," Abid Butt, CEO for Asia, Middle East and Africa, Dream Hotel Group, said in a statement.  

Prior to joining Dream Hotel Group, Li held multiple positions with Wyndham Hotel Group, Marriott International, Rosewood Hotel Group and Morgan Stanley, covering development operations and sales & marketing on both the regional and property levels in Australia, New Caledonia, India, Korea, Japan and China. He most recently served as COO at Sinowood Hotels & Resorts, responsible for overall business development, including real estate management, hotel management and tourism town management.

“Dream Hotel Group is making major moves this year,” Li said in a statement. “I am thrilled and honored to be part of the company’s growth and success in major cities across China and North Asia.”

The company plans to sign more than 150 hotels and resorts across all its brands over the next five years, continuing to solidify its portfolio worldwide. With 18 hotels open today and more than 20 others in various stages of development, Dream Hotel Group is on track to triple its existing portfolio by 2022.