Manager, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group
A South African National, Simone is based at Carlson Rezidor’s Africa Development office in Cape Town, South Africa. Simone is part of the team responsible for growing the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in across sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Carlson Rezidor currently has 77 hotels in operation and under development in 29 countries in Africa – under either their upper upscale Radisson Blu brand, upscale lifestyle select Radisson Red brand, upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand or the luxury Quorvus Collection brand.
Simone was literally born into the hotel industry through her father who was a General Manager for Sun International Hotels & Casinos for many years under Sol Kerzner. Her own career in the hotel industry started in 2000 after being enrolled in an in-house training programme at the Savoy Hotel in London. Thereafter, Simone held management positions within hotel operations in South Africa and the United Kingdom with Relais & Châteaux and Starwood. In December 2008, Simone decided to see the world and took up the challenge of an on-board F&B Manager position for Etihad Airlines based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In May 2011 Simone joined the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and now forms part of the fasting growing hotel group in Africa looking after 10 Anglophone countries some of which include Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe.