Richard Collins has been appointed as the new general manager of the Ritz-Carlton located on JBR Dubai. Collins takes the helm of the iconic property, comprising 294 rooms and suites, with immediate effect, bringing with him extensive resort and international operations experience from Ireland, the UK, USA and Switzerland.
Collins joins The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, with over 17 years’ experience as a hotel general manager, from his most recent position as GM for the JW Marriott Dubai, where in just two years he led the team to unprecedented success, and established a strong positioning for the hotel as the preferred outdoor caterer for many of Dubai’s most high profile city-wide events.
Prior to moving to Dubai, Collins was general manager and CEO at Marriott Druids Glen and Druids Glen Resort, Ireland, a role he held for almost seven years, driving significant occupancy, rate and Revpar growth. In addition, he restructured the entire resort, implementing new systems and sitting as an active member of the board of the parent company, PW Ireland.
Commenting on his appointment, Collins said: “I am enormously proud to be appointed general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai; such an iconic property, locally, regionally and globally. I am delighted to be taking the helm, especially at such an exciting time in the hotel’s legacy following the recent extension, and I look forward to strengthening this legacy even further as we move forward together.