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Sandro Fabris

Half Moon appoints new GM

On his new appointment as general manager of the Half Moon, A RockResort, industry veteran, Sandro Fabris, said the Jamaican traditions are traditions that will continue to set Half Moon apart as a luxury destination.

The Montego Bay resort, known for its timeless elegance, distinct character, and quintessential Jamaican hospitality, are what has been at the heart of the 400-acre beach-front resort throughout its 60-year history.

Fabris brings more than two decades of management experience for luxury hotels around the world to his new role.

"Hospitality is foundational to Jamaican culture, so delivering authentic, high-quality service to our guests at Half Moon is easy," said Fabris. "Our guests come on holiday to discover the local traditions, culture and gastronomy; and they come to Half Moon not for formality, but for a carefree and relaxing experience where the local-based staff is passionate, excited and eager to share the beauty of their country with Half Moon's guests."

A global hospitality pro, Fabris started his career with CIGA Hotels at the Hotel Excelsior in Venice-Lido, has been hotel manager at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, and served as general manager for the prestigious Reid's in Madeira, a popular year-round resort island known for its local wine, flora and artisans. As regional managing director of Africa for Orient Express Hotels, he was in charge of the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg and three safari camps in Botswana. He speaks Italian, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Strong leadership qualities

"Sandro has demonstrated strong leadership and performance throughout his career in a number of countries and cultures," said James O'Donnell, senior vice-president and COO, Vail Resorts Hospitality & Real Estate. "His philosophy on service, culture and leadership are well aligned with our vision for Half Moon, so we are pleased to appoint him as general manager."

Guy Steuart III, chairman of Half Moon Bay, Ltd, echoed O'Donnell's sentiments in welcoming Sandro to Half Moon.

"For more than 60 years, Half Moon has offered guests an authentic Jamaican retreat where our service standards and product offerings reflect the best in both Jamaica and the Caribbean," he said. "We are truly honoured to have Sandro join our team and believe his experience will continue to enhance Half Moon's appeal among our loyal and new guests alike."

Fabris began his tenure at the Half Moon in mid-April. 

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