Filippo Sona, director, head of hotels, MENA region, Colliers International has confirmed his support of this year’s Leaders in Hospitality Awards by joining the judging panel.
Sona has worked in the hospitality industry all his life, and has spent the past 21 years at an international level. The early part of his career included experience in hotel operations, sales and marketing, and business development. As an experienced hotel consultant Sona has worked for leading hotel consultancies, and before Colliers International he founded Bottom Line Hotel Consultancy Ltd, a boutique practice, and carried our consultancy in UK, Russia, Croatia ,Caribbean and continental Europe.
What are you looking to find in a Hospitality Leaders Awards winner?
An individual or establishment that has shown creativity and pro-activeness in its contribution to the industry. Small pragmatic action that made a big difference.
What category are you most excited about and why?
Young National Award – As it recognises GCC nationals that will foster local hospitality. Also it encourages other nationals to enter the hospitality industry and Tomorrow’s Leader – Because this represents the leaders of tomorrow and the ones that will cater for future generations and contribute to the long term sustainability of the industry.
Why are awards like these important for the industry?
Awards such as these recognise the efforts and commitment that individuals and organisations put into their day to day hospitality life. This also contributes to the value of the overall Dubai Tourism brand.