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Philip M. Barnes Appointed Managing Director

Publish Date: 29-Nov-2016

The Savoy Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, will welcome Philip (Phil) Barnes as Regional Vice President and Managing Director from 21 November 2016. Phil will lead The Savoy’s team in all aspects of operations, guest services and owner relations.

Born, raised and educated in the UK, Philip boasts a four-decade hotel career that has seen him work across five continents in some of the world’s most sought after destinations and hotels. Philip joins The Savoy from his recent position as Regional Vice President, Pacific Northwest Region and General Manager, Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver.

He took on his first General Manager role at Four Seasons Inn on the Park in Houston on his 35th birthday, and spent the subsequent 12 years in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia with Four Seasons, Shangri-La, and Stamford Hotels. He joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in 1998 in Vancouver and transferred to Dubai in 2007 to oversee operations in the Middle East and Africa until the opportunity presented to return to his now beloved “home” of Vancouver with his family, and the newly opened Fairmont Pacific Rim, in 2011.

Philip’s extensive experience within the international luxury hospitality industry has seen him responsible for openings, turnarounds, and re-positioning properties. He has held several top management positions for various hospitality companies, garnering accolades such as the #1 hotel in Canada, and achieving the highest rating of guest satisfaction within FRHI globally by JD Power and Associates (Fairmont Pacific Rim). Philip has been an active member of the Board of Directors of Tourism Vancouver and the co-founder of Tourism Industry Partners Society; a charity established to support the financial needs of future generations of tourism professionals and schools.

Aside from his impressive portfolio of leading award-winning luxury hotels, Phil finds time to refresh and unwind through his greatest passions; reading, music, attending live theatre, and spending quality time with his three children; all which continue to keep him ‘forever young.’ 

“I am delighted to be returning to the U.K. to work with the team at The Savoy,” comments Philip Barnes. “I am confident that together we will continue the journey of excellence this iconic Hotel has enjoyed for over a century.”


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