Arthur Gillis’s career in the hospitality industry started at the coalface. He qualified at the South African Hotel School and worked his way up in just ten years from assistant purchaser at a Cape Town hotel to CEO of Protea Hotels. Arthur has been active in all facets of the hotel industry, which itself makes a massive contribution to the South African economy.
On April 1, 2014, Marriott International purchased Protea Hospitality Holdings’ three brands and management company, which had 130 hotels in eight African countries, and had 16 000 associates.
Gillis is now CEO of Platinum Hospitality Holdings, a hotel owning company.