We are pleased to announce that Sol Kernzer (KCMG), will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during IHIF 2019. The founder and former Chairman of Kerzner International Holdings Limited has carved a prestigious and pioneering career within the hospitality industry and is widely credited as a visionary who redefined the scope and scale of destination resorts.
The youngest of four children, born in Johannesburg to Russian immigrants, Kerzner’s early career began in accounting before taking the helm of the family owned and operated hotel chain. He bought his first hotel, the Astra Hotel in Durban, in 1962 and quickly went on to build South Africa’s first 5-star hotel, the Beverly Hills hotel. Several more hotel development projects followed, expanding beyond South Africa, until 1979 which saw Kerzner’s development of Sun City, the most ambitious resort project in Africa. The ten-year project encompassed four hotels, a man-made lake, two golf courses and an entertainment centre with an indoor 6,000-seat arena in which hosted many stars including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Shirley Bassey.
Many astute acquisitions, developments and expansions followed across the globe including the creation of the internationally recognised resort brand, Atlantis as well as the renowned luxury brand One&Only Resorts. Both brands continue to grow with new projects planned for One&Only Resorts in China, Montenegro and Saudi Arabia as well significant extension plans for the Atlantis property in Dubai.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented in a dedicated session and accompanying interview at 15.05 on Monday 4th March.
Please join us in congratulating Sol Kerzner on this accolade!
Read the full press release here.
9-10- October 2019
29-31 October 2019
Exact dates and location to be confirmed in due course
25-26 April 2019