Hotelier Awards winners 2013: Where are they now?
Marketing/PR Person of the Year, Stacey McMurtrie, Jumeirah Group
Stacey McMurtrie, assistant marketing & communications manager, Jumeirah Emirates Towers explains that she is a true Jumeirah Group ambassador and aims to visit every one of the group’s properties in the world.
Has winning a Hotelier Award impacted your career?
Being awarded the PR / Marketing Person of the Year in 2013 has been the biggest achievement in my career to date. Being recognised within the industry and with such a well viewed publication such as Hotelier Middle East is hugely rewarding.
Are you hoping to be nominated this year for an award?
This year I am proud to be part of our team at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The improvements and year on year performance has been outstanding and I look forward to submitting our nomination for Hotel Team of the Year.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to other hoteliers who want to win a Hotelier Award?
Showcase achievements, their deliverables and how this impacted upon the business such as ROI. The nomination should most importantly demonstrate a passion which goes above and beyond the job description and into daily life.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I hope to be a marketing and communications manager within the hospitality industry in the next year and by the time I am 30, a director of marketing and communications.
What are you doing to achieve your goals and dreams?
I am lucky to have a great head of department, Andrea Greybanks, director of sales and marketing. I am working very closely with her to take the complex to the next level within the region and especially focusing on the digital side. A phrase I will also never forget is ‘network, network, network’! Contacts within the industry are vital in our line of work.
What’s your dream position?
Vice president of brand marketing for an internationally recognised hotel or tourism company. Building brands, their propositions and protecting and marketing them accordingly is a huge passion of mine.
What is your life ambition outside of work?
I am a huge Jumeirah ambassador and it may seem crazy to others, but together with my mum, we are slowly working our way around each of our properties globally. Last year we visited Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Spain, Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto in Rome and Pera Palace Hotel Jumeriah in Istanbul. This year we will be having a Jumeirah staycation in seven Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, including the Burj Al Arab and we’ll travel to Azerbaijan to experience Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel.
Nominate your colleagues for this year’s Hotelier Middle East Awards by Sunday 31 August. Read our Essential Guide: Hotelier Awards Nominations and go to www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/awards for more information.