Peter Willis, Sales Director Catererglobal.com; Sherif Halim, Area Director of Human Resources, Marriott International, Middle East & Africa; Tony Graham, Managing Director of Hospitality Search International; Jeremy Vercoe, Global Account Director Catererglobal.com
Marriott International beat off stiff competition to be named the best hotel group employer in the United Arab Emirates at the first ever Catererglobal.com Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2011 UAE, sponsored by Hospitality Search International. The awards were voted for by some 24,000 hotel professionals in the state.
“We are so pleased to receive this award, particularly as it reflects feedback from our own employees,” said Gary Dodds, vice president, Human Resources, for Marriott International & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C, for the Middle East & Africa. “This award demonstrates the strength of our culture and our brands, as well as the leadership in our hotels.”
At a ceremony hosted by Catererglobal and attended by 160 hotel managers and human resource directors from leading hotels within the UAE, all eyes were on the final prize of the evening, as five giants of the hospitality industry contended for the award of best hotel group employer. In the end, Marriott International (including The Ritz-Carlton) triumphed ahead of Hilton Worldwide, Rotana Hotels, Jumeirah Group and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
In individual hotel categories, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai emerged victorious in the Best Small Five-Star Employer, while the Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek was runner-up for Best Small 4-Star Hotel Employer.
Marriott International is represented in the UAE with eight hotels and five lodging brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments. Another nine hotels are under construction in the UAE, set to open by 2014.