Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre, at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, has appointed Stefan Lourens, as its new General Manager.
Lourens is a hospitality veteran with over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He started his career in 1994 as a student at the Wits Hotel School and has since held various key positions across hotels and casinos in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
In 2005, he assumed the role of Executive Assistant Manager at Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, and eventually took on the role of Deputy General Manager role at Sheraton Amman Hotel and Towers and General Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia.
A well-rounded and experienced hotelier, Lourens brings a wealth of experience to the Radisson – from implementing new food and beverage concepts to building strategic alliances with various key figures and corporations in the hospitality industry around the world.
Throughout his career, Lourens completed many international courses with a strong focus on hotel management, leadership, and marketing.
“I plan on using the wealth of knowledge and experiences I have gained over the years to lead our team to deliver exceptional results and ensure that every guest experience is a memorable moment. Furthermore, my vision is to position the hotel as a top bleisure destination within the greater OR Tambo aerotropolis.” says Lourens.
In his new role, Lourens will focus on growing and developing the Radisson brand by delivering quality customer-centric services whilst ensuring a positive impact on the environment and local community.
Lourens is passionate about people and believes in developing local talent in the hospitality industry.
“We are pleased to have Lourens as part of our dynamic team. With his experience and passion for hospitality, we have no doubt that he will deliver on the exceptional Radisson standards and memorable moments as well as uphold our renowned Yes I Can! spirit that keeps our guests coming back.” says Sandra Kneubuhler, Country Director of Sales and District Director, South Africa at Radisson Hotel Group.