Conrad Dubai is delighted to announce Michael Schmitt as its new Managing Director. Schmitt joins the hotel with a multi-award winning background and with much of his career spent working with Hilton and its portfolio of luxury hotels. He is an international hotelier with extensive experience in luxury hotels in a mix of countries where he has played a leading role in transformation, driving innovative guest experiences and strengthening brand positioning.
“I am thrilled to join the team at the iconic Conrad Dubai. The hotel is renowned for creating inspired guest experiences, and I look forward to working with the team to further refine them with my luxury experience,” said Michael Schmitt, Managing Director of Conrad Dubai. He continued: “Dubai is a world-class city, and Conrad Dubai, with its luxury accommodations, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, unique dining concepts and urban oasis pool deck, is perfectly positioned to deliver luxurious and innovative experiences for all. United Arab Emirates. visitors and residents.
Prior to joining Conrad Dubai, Schmitt was General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Chengdu, China, where he positioned the hotel as one of the city’s leading luxury hotels by winning a series of awards including Best Luxury Hotel from Asia and China by the World Travel Awards 2021 and ranking 6and among the best hotels in China by Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards 2021. It also won the Asia Pacific Hotel General Manager of the Year 2020 by Stelliers Asia. Schmitt was a board member of the Southwest Chapter of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.
Prior to his role at Waldorf Astoria Chengdu, Schmitt was General Manager of Conrad Xiamen, China, where he was responsible for the pre-opening period and then successfully positioned the hotel as the premier luxury hotel in the province of Xiamen and Fujian, setting new benchmarks for luxury customers. experiences.
On a more personal note, Schmitt follows his late grandmother’s motto “above the clouds is always the sun”. Schmitt says, “Challenges come and go and it’s your mindset and how you choose to move forward that determines your happiness in life. Don’t worry about the things you can’t control and it’s a lot easier to be happy knowing the sun is always out – just sometimes overcast for a while.”