Southern Sun Middle East Welcomes Elaine Watson as New Complex General Manager of Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels
First-class combination as award-winning General Manager joins award-winning hotel team
Dubai, UAE, 3 May 2011 – Southern Sun is pleased to welcome Elaine Watson as new Complex General Manager of Southern Sun Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels – overseeing the two flagship properties in Downtown Dubai.
“With industry experience that spans two decades, Elaine brings a wealth of knowledge and a pioneering perspective to her new role as Complex General Manager at Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels,” says Richard Weilers, Managing Director, Southern Sun Offshore. “Elaine’s abilities have already been recognised within Dubai’s hospitality community and her keen management expertise is sure to be an asset in helping Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels maintain their leading position as two of the most popular business hotels in Dubai.”
A Fellow Member of the Associate of Certified Accountants, Watson began her career in the hospitality industry as a Financial Controller in the United Kingdom and joins the Southern Sun family after working with Marriott, both in their franchised hotels and international hotels, for much of her 20-year tenure in the industry. She held positions of Director of Rooms and Director of Operations with the lodging company’s franchised properties before joining Marriott International in 2001 as the pre-opening General Manager for its first Executive Apartments property in Dubai Creek.
The successful launch of the Dubai Creek property saw her win the company’s International Global Diversity Award, as well as the distinction of being its first female General Manager in the Middle East. Watson also led the teams at the lodging company’s Dubai Green Community property, operating under its Courtyard brand, and its Executive Apartments Green Community development respectively.
“Joining a team of dedicated professionals who were named Hotel Team of the Year at the 2010 Hotelier Middle East Awards, is an inspiring prospect. I look forward to being part of many similar milestones in the continued success of both Al Manzil Hotel and Qamardeen Hotel in Dubai,” says Watson on her new appointment.
Watson’s own success story in Dubai includes winning several international and local awards such as Middle East General Manager of the Year in 2008 awarded by Hotelier Middle East magazine as well as General Manager of the Year and Hotel of the Year in 2008 by Marriott International.
Watson is a member of the British Business Group and the International Women’s Group in Dubai.
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Southern Sun: Southern Sun Hotels prides itself in over 40 years of experience in providing world-class hospitality in properties across Africa. In 2007, the award-winning hotel group expanded its portfolio in the Middle East with the opening of Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels, offering its trademark luxurious accommodation at competitive rates.