Preferred Hotels & Resorts has appointed
John Watson as Regional Director for Africa. Watson is tasked with the retention and expansion of the brand's sub-Saharan African portfolio and, supported by the Cape Town regional office, will lead development efforts in bourgeoning travel markets. Prior to joining Preferred, Watson spent more than six years in UAE, holding senior executive positions at Auris Group of Hotels and Habtoor Hospitality. His 35 years of industry experience encompasses luxury resort and city hotel management, revenue management, sales & marketing, and F&B in South Africa, UAE, UK, and The Netherlands.