Philip Barnes has been appointed Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager, Fairmont Century Plaza. Barnes brings more than four decades of international hospitality experience to his role, effective September 1, 2020.
Throughout his career, Barnes has worked across five continents in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. He joins Fairmont Century Plaza from his most recent position as Managing Director and Regional Vice President, The Savoy in London, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, where he has been since 2016.
Preceding his role at The Savoy, Barnes had held a number of positions over his 22 year career with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, including, Regional Vice President Middle East, Regional Vice President Pacific Northwest & General Manager Fairmont Pacific Rim and various other Regional Vice President & General Manager roles in both Canada and the Middle East.
Prior to joining Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Barnes spent over ten years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, including Director of Rooms at the Pierre in New York, General Manager of the Four Seasons Inn on the Park in Houston, Manager for the opening of the Four Seasons in Singapore, and General Manager of the Regent of Auckland. He has also held the positions of EVP Operations and subsequently COO of Stamford Hotels & Resorts in Australia and New Zealand and had also been General Manager of the Shangri-La in Singapore.
“It is an honor and privilege to take the helm for what is to become a crown jewel in the Fairmont portfolio,” states Barnes. “Fairmont Century Plaza beckons in a new era – one embracing history, while moving ahead with business savvy and forward-thinking ingenuity. Alongside some of the best hospitality professionals in the country, I look forward to building a lasting legacy of exceptional guest experiences.”
Barnes’ experience includes openings, turnarounds and repositioning properties. He is an active member of a range of tourism organizations, including being the co-founder of the Tourism Industry Partners Society, a charity established to support the financial needs of future generations of tourism professionals and schools. Phil studied for his Higher National Diploma in Hotel Management at Brighton Polytechnic College, UK, and in February 2019, Phil was made a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality based in the UK.
On the personal side, Phil finds time to refresh and unwind through his greatest passions; reading, music, theater, and spending quality time with his three adult children; all which continue to keep him ‘forever young.’