The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos has announced that John Hazard has been appointed general manager of the upcoming resort, currently slated to debut in summer 2021. Hazard is a global hotelier with over 19 years of hotel management experience across the United Kingdom, Middle East and the Caribbean. He will be responsible for all aspects of operations.
In his most recent role as general manager of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, the hotel developed one of the most innovative restaurant concepts in the region and reimagined and launched a new spa and retail operation. Under his leadership, Hazard led the team to several years of consecutive great success and growth.
Born and raised in Bath, England, Hazard has served as general manager across various brands in Marriott International’s portfolio, including, Courtyard by Marriott, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. His career with Marriott International in the U.K. marked many successes, including being recognized as Renaissance Hotels international “GM of the Year” in 2006, overseeing a full hotel renovation, partnering with a Michelin-star restaurant and navigating the London Olympics as a “Tier 1 sponsor hotel.”
During this time, Hazard also assumed a lead role in Marriott International’s Community and TakeCare programs, assuming board positions on both The Varity Club UK, The Princes Trust and Newlife. As an outdoor enthusiast, he used his experiences and training to organize and lead “11 x Marriott 3 Peak Challenge Expeditions,” a 24-hour endurance challenge, guiding over 500 hosts and associates over the three highest Peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, raising over $700,000 for the charities involved.
Hazard’s career then took him to Qatar, where he served as GM of the Doha Marriott. One of his key accomplishments while in the Middle East was leading a team that established a contract services arm of the business, being awarded a three-year contract for housekeeping services covering the main palace of The Emir, plus growing and expanding an external commercial laundry facility taking care of the Qatar Airways fleet. In recognition of his efforts, in 2015 John was awarded Hotel and Caterer Middle East and Africa “GM of the Year” and “Hotel of the Year.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos, located on Grace Bay Beach, will have 155 rooms and suites.