Have You Met Julie?

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lives up to its distinction of being Cebu City’s finest, not just through the five-star experience that it’s already known for, but also through the people who make it so.

Marco Polo's Facade
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu: Cebu City’s finest (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)

There were big shoes to fill after Hans Hauri departed his post as the hotel’s Area General Manager in December 2014, yet Julie Najar, with knowledge and skills acquired from her 30 years of working in the hospitality industry, is a more-than-competent successor to watch out for.

Julie Najar
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu introduces their new General Manager, Julie Najar (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)

Najar graduated with a Hotel and Restaurant Management degree in St. Paul College, Quezon City Philippines, with further training in various fields of hospitality at the Cornell University in New York and the Cornell-Nanyang Instutute of Hospitality Management in Singapore.

She worked for a handful of hotels and resorts in Singapore, Manila and Cebu before joining the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, where she rose through the ranks. A long-serving employee of the hotel, she started out as a Front Office Manager in 2005 and became HR Manager after two years. In 2009, she became the Resident Manager, and subsequently in 2013, the Hotel Manager.

Marco Polo's Lobby Lounge is the perfect place for a light meal, a casual meeting, and unwinding with friends. It serves high tea, signature coffees, cocktails, and desserts. (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)
Marco Polo’s Lobby Lounge is the perfect place for a light meal, a casual meeting, and unwinding with friends. It serves high tea, signature coffees, cocktails, and desserts. (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)

A diverse leader, Najar is also actively involved in other organizations, serving as the new President of the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) and as the Assistant Secretary to the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, a private sector consultative body mandated to assist the government in the development, implementation and coordination of the Philippine tourism policy.

Located at a thousand feet high, Marco Polo's Blu Bar & Grill serves a choice of award-winning cocktails and grilled favorites, superb entrees and desserts. (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)
Located at a thousand feet high, Marco Polo’s Blu Bar & Grill serves a choice of award-winning cocktails and grilled favorites, superb entrees and desserts. (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)
Cafe Marco, the hotel's signature outlet, is designed to showcase the preparation of a la carte and buffet dishes (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)
Café Marco, the hotel’s signature outlet, is designed to showcase the preparation of a la carte and buffet dishes (Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)

Najar’s experience and expertise ensures that the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will continue its brand of excellence under her management.

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