Four Seasons veteran Casson receives top honour
DUBAI, 8 days ago
Simon Casson, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts president of hotel operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, was presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry’ accolade at the Food and Travel Arabia GCC Awards 2017.
As the driving force behind the company’s expansion plans in the region, Casson served in senior roles at other properties in the GCC prior to assuming his current position. Most recently, he was the opening general manager for Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, which was named both ‘Hotel of the Year’ as well as ‘Best 5 Star Hotel’ at the same award ceremony.
Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Center, whose opening in March 2016 was overseen by Casson in his role as regional vice president, won the ‘Best City Hotel’ award.
Prior to his work in Dubai, Casson served as the general manager for Four Seasons Hotel Doha for nine years, where he played an instrumental role in setting new industry benchmarks in Qatar’s hospitality sector.
A Four Seasons veteran of 28 years, Casson has held management positions in London, Washington DC and also previously chaired the company’s Global Spa Task Force, overseeing Four Seasons spa efforts worldwide.
He assumed the role of president – Hotel Operations, EMEA, in August 2016, spearheading an active pipeline of projects in the region, with Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, the seventh property to join the company’s GCC collection, expected to open in Q3 2017 and the recently announced Four Seasons Hotel Tunis scheduled for a late 2017 opening. Four Seasons will be providing more details of their expansion strategy at the upcoming Arabian Travel Market 2017 taking place in Dubai from April 24–27. - TradeArabia News Service