General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM), the inimitable creator of stylish, luxurious hotels and resorts in exotic destinations, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new general managers: Fabio Marigliano for the critically-acclaimed The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, UAE, and Morton Johnston, who will champion the landmark opening of The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort in Doha, Qatar in 2022. Both senior leadership roles will support GHM’s robust growth strategy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and elevate service excellence as the group celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022. With seven projects in the pipeline, including The Chedi El Gouna, Red Sea in Egypt, GHM is poised for steady expansion in the years ahead.
A veteran in luxury travel, Fabio Marigliano brings over twenty years of hospitality experience to the award-winning team at The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, UAE. His expertise in the GCC region puts him in good stead to bring the charms of Sharjah to life and curate even more memorable guest experiences. Most recently, Marigliano was the executive assistant manager at Minor Hotels and Resorts in Doha, Qatar with oversight of the pre-openings of The Vyra Suites NH Collection Doha office and The Plaza Doha by Anantara.
“Joining the GHM family at The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah is a culmination of my extensive experience within the GCC region. I am delighted to embark on this exciting GHM journey as we celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary in 2022 and bring the hotel’s success to greater heights,” said Fabio Marigliano. “I look forward to leveraging my knowledge and in-market experience together with my world-class team to showcase A Style to Remember.”
A familiar name at GHM, Morton Johnston was previously the general manager at The Chedi Muscat, Oman. Upon his return in January 2022, Johnston will play a critical role in leading the landmark opening of The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort in Doha, Qatar in the second half of 2022. Johnston’s extensive luxury experience includes key leadership positions at Regent Hotels & Resorts in Taipei and The Leela Palaces & Resorts in India.
“The highly-anticipated opening of The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort will redefine bespoke hospitality in the GCC region. It is my privilege to be given the opportunity to craft the prologue of this new beachfront landmark of the Katara Cultural Village in Qatar’s capital, which will be the accommodation of choice for discerning world travellers,” said Morton Johnston.
“It is an opportune time for us to welcome Fabio and Morton to our senior leadership team as we embark on the strategic expansion of our acclaimed portfolio in conjunction with the 30th anniversary celebrations of GHM’s imitable legacy in 2022,” Tommy Lai, chief executive officer of GHM. “I am confident that their valuable insights, local knowledge and cultural sensitivities will strengthen GHM’s position as the preferred address for unparalleled hospitality and luxurious appeal in Sharjah and Doha respectively.”
The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort in Doha, Qatar, is one of GHM’s most anticipated luxury resort projects to date. Strategically located on a beachfront setting within the landmark 100-hectare (247 acre) Katara Cultural Village district, it is easily accessible to theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries, mosques, restaurants, shops, a park and an open amphitheatre. The hotel is set to launch in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.