Mr Adrian Zecha
2016 SHTM Lifetime Achievement Award
In his career spanning more than 40 years, Mr Adrian Zecha has founded a remarkable series of successful hotel and resort companies, and in that process conceived and developed more than 100 internationally-applauded properties around the world.
Initially a journalist and publisher, Mr Zecha first entered the hospitality industry as a founding member of Regent International Hotels, recognised in its day as the finest international Hotel Management Company. His entrepreneurial role with Regent was focused on the brand's development and positioning.
In 1986, Mr Zecha sold his interest in Regent International and partnered with Georg Rafael in the Rafael Hotel Group, which focused on the acquisition and management of luxury five-star hotels and resorts in Europe and the USA. The company was eventually sold to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He also founded Beaufort Hotels, which opened luxury hotels in Brisbane, Darwin, Singapore, and Bangkok.
In 1987, with a group of investors, Mr Zecha independently developed Amanpuri, a small resort and villa property in Phuket, Thailand. This property became the flagship for Amanresorts, today's world-renown benchmark in luxury hotel living.
In 1992, General Hotel Management was established, where he still serves as a Non-Executive Chairman. GHM has gone on to develop and operate three-, four- and five-star hotels and resorts throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas, including the highly successful Setai in Miami.
Widely recognised as a visionary, Mr Zecha continues to create, develop, and operate hotels and resorts.