Four Seasons tops ME hoteliers' career wish lists

Group tops Hotelier ME and Fortune lists as most coveted employer

Four Seasons Hotel Operations, EMEA president Christopher Norton.
Four Seasons Hotel Operations, EMEA president Christopher Norton.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has been labelled a sought-after employer after GMs in the region identified the group as the hotel chain they would most like to work for in the Hotelier Middle East GM Survey 2013.

Four Seasons was the clear winner, with 38.5% of GM respondents saying they would most like to work for Four Seasons from a list of 44 hotel chains. Ritz-Carlton took second place, while Hyatt was third.

The hotel group was also recently voted for by its employees as one of Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”, a feat that the organisation has managed for 16 years in a row, one of just 13 organizations to have been recognised every year since the list’s inception in 1998.

Commenting on the news to Hotelier Middle East, Four Seasons president of hotel operations for EMEA Christopher Norton said: “Our people are our greatest strength and we provide every opportunity we can to attract and retain the best talent, ensure they are a good cultural fit with the company and let them shine in their roles.

“Throughout their career with Four Seasons, employees at all level are offered ongoing training programmes to help them improve their skills and to learn new ones. We strongly support the principle of promotion from within and as Four Seasons continues to grow and expand our global footprint this in turn creates new opportunities for our talented hotel managers to work all over the world in widely differing markets. These opportunities allow GMs to grow as leaders and continue learning throughout their career at Four Seasons,” he added.

Four Seasons currently has six hotels in the pipeline for the Middle East, across Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE, with the Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach due to open in Q3, 2014.

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