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 Caterer and Hotelkeeper Names John Stauss, Regional Vice President & General
Manager Four Seasons Hotel London, the 2005 Hotelier of the Year
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London, 15th December 2005:  John Stauss, Regional Vice President & General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel London has won the prestigious Hotelier of the Year Award for 2005.

In  a ceremony at Gleneagles in Scotland last week, Mr Stauss was presented the award by Mark Lewis, Editor of Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine.  The award  recognises  outstanding hoteliers who not only have a fine attention to detail and a personal touch with their guests, but are also dedicated to the industry.

Albert Hampson, Business Manager for  AA  Hotel Services and one of the judges said,  "John  Stauss fully deserves this industry recognition as Hotelier  of the Year for 2005 for the professionalism, dedication and high standards  he  sets  as a manager working at the very highest international level  within the Hospitality industry. A quiet, unassuming personality, he applies as much effort to ensuring the welfare and training of his staff as he does to ensuring the very best quality of service to his customers."

John  Stauss was appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel London in October  1994, having  previously been the General Manager of the Four Seasons  Resort  in  Nevis. Two years later, he  became  a  Regional Vice-President,  and  today  his  responsibilities include overseeing hotel operations for the three Four Seasons hotels in the United Kingdom.

American-born, Mr Stauss has been with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for nearly 25 years. He joined the group in 1982 as Resident Manager of what was then the  Four  Seasons Hotel San Francisco.  In 1985, he became pre-opening  Hotel Manager of  the  Four  Seasons Hotel Newport Beach. He subsequently moved to Nevis in 1988 to open the new Four Seasons Resort there, quickly recognised as the most successful resort of its type in the Caribbean.

John Stauss studied at OregonState University and later graduated with honours from the École Hôteliére de Lausanne in 1976. Before joining the Four Seasons group, he worked for Hyatt Hotels and has also had postings in Mustique and St. Lucia.

"It is a huge honour to be chosen for this prestigious award," says John Stauss.  "I  believe it is also a great reflection on all our employees at Four Seasons  Hotel London.  Running a hotel is a team effort, and I have the  good  fortune  to  be  surrounded by a dedicated and talented group of people."

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Contact:

Susanna Blackburn
Public Relations Manager
Four Seasons Hotel London
Hamilton Place
Park Lane
London W1A 1AZ
Tel:  020 7907 5365
Fax:  020 7907 5366
Email: susanna.blackburn@fourseasons.com

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Also See: Caribbean Hotel Association Recognizes Individuals that Raise the Bar for Caribbean Hospitality; Eustace Guishard, GM of Cap Juluca Resort in Anguilla Named “Caribbean Hotelier of the Year” / July 2005

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