Wolfgang Maier, general manager of Hilton Abu Dhabi, took home the coveted ‘General Manager of the Year’ award at the 2014 Hilton Worldwide Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) conference, held in Dubai recently.
The ‘General Manager of the Year’ award recognises all-round outstanding performance for those who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills coupled with professional expertise and innovation – both within the hotel and as part of the local community.
With over 40 years industry experience, Wolfgang is a seasoned hospitality professional with a wealth of global experience having led Hilton Worldwide hotel teams in China, Europe, Australia, Philippines,and Saudi Arabia before joining Hilton Abu Dhabi in 2011. This latest personal honour is the more remarkable as he was selected ahead of more than 350 hotel industry professionals from Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa.
On receiving the award, Wolfgang Maier said: “It is truly an honour to be recognised by so many of my colleagues so this is a tremendously proud moment for me, both professionally and personally. I look forward now to sharing this achievement with my team members at Hilton Abu Dhabi whose on-going dedication and support no doubt played a significant role in my nomination for this important award.”
Christian Grage, vice president, operations, Hilton Worldwide Arabian Peninsula, said: “We have many great hotel leaders in Hilton Worldwide so Wolfgang deserves our wholehearted praise and congratulations on achieving this very special EMEA-wide honour. Wolfgang is a hospitality veteran and a model GM in every sense having fulfilled an international career with Hilton Worldwide spanning four decades.”
“We truly believe that Hilton Worldwide’s success as one of the world’s top hospitality providers is a reflection of our ability to attract and retain talented staff. Wolfgang and his team members have proved beyond doubt that working diligently and creatively brings real benefits to the hotel, our guests and to the local communities we serve,” added Grage.
The award comes at an exciting time for multi-award winning Hilton Abu Dhabi, as the hotel launches the advance purchase “Book Early and Save” promotion, valid until February 25, 2014. Savvy travellers can now plan ahead and save on their stay at Hilton Abu Dhabi, with best available rates starting from USD 81 per night.
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