The Radisson Blu Hotel at the Waterfront has announced the appointment of a new general manager.
Clinton Thom was on Monday named to helm the swanky hotel.
Thom is a four-year veteran with the Radisson Hotel Group, having previously served as general manager at the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands and Radisson Blu Le Vendome Sea Point.
He shares that he has been in the hospitality industry for 19 years, having started off as a restaurant host.
“I started on June 16, 1999, on the same day Thabo Mbeki was inaugurated President, at the then-Crowne Plaza Pretoria, as a restaurant host”.
He explains that it was the new, unique occurrences one encounters every day which drew him to the industry.
“If you think you’ve seen it all in hospitality, think again, you will never stop evolving or learning,” Thom shares.
He points out that being able to “constantly grow” collectively has been a highlight of his career, but adds that there have been so many, there isn’t enough space to share it all.
The new Radisson Blu Waterfront general manager describes the hospitality landscape currently in Cape Town as “challenging”, with the situation exacerbated by the negative press coverage the city has received regarding the water crisis.
“We need to move away from the words water crisis and talk about ‘water challenge’ as a collective. We need to educate guests about water challenges in Cape Town but, at the same time, we are open for business!” he says.
He added that many hotels, including the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, have invested in desalination plants. The Radisson Blu Hotel aims to be off the municipal water grid by the end of July 2018.