With over 20 years of dedication in the hospitality industry working in Europe, Asia and now to Dubai, his role will bring Dusit Thani Dubai to become one of the leading hotels in the Middle East.
“September 2009 is an inspiriting month for Dusit Thani Dubai to be led by one of our best. With the strong background that James has with Dusit International for nearly ten years, we are confident that this flagship hotel in the Middle East will become one of the leading hotels in the region. He will be able to stimulate Dusit’s growing reputation in the Middle East, and build a distinguished presence for us there,” said Mr. Octavio Gamarra, Senior Vice President, Dusit International.
In 2000, Mr. Wilson joined Dusit International taking on his first challenge as the General Manager of Pathumwan Princess, Bangkok. With his strong leadership and guidance, the hotel became the first of Dusit International’s hotels to receive an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 Certification, certifying a quality management system. Pathumwan Princess has become one of the group’s top performing hotels.
Mr. Wilson pursued an enduring career with Dusit International. In 2005, he was awarded as Thailand’s “General Manager of the Year” by Jacobs Creek & Thai Hospitality Magazine. After six years of outstanding performance, he was appointed as Vice President of Operations who oversaw the restructuring, renovation, hotel operations and new openings for all Dusit Princess Hotels & Resorts, which eventually led him to overlook all Dusit International’s five brands. His responsibility extends from developing standards and implementing procedures to supporting new projects being welcomed to the Dusit International chain.
Graduating in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management Association from the University of Ulster, UK, with a postgraduate diploma in Administrative and Legal Studies, as well as graduating as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ACIS), Mr. Wilson established a career in prominent international hotels such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, Swallow Hotels, and First Stop Hotels International. He first became General Manager at the young age of 32 for Swallow Hotel, East Kilbride, Glasgow UK.
Outside of work, Mr. Wilson seeks to fulfill his passion in adventures outdoor. His energy extends him to go from white-water rafting, glacier climbing, reef diving, horse trekking on the Rocky Mountains, volcano trekking, trekking through the Amazon jungle and Inca Trail, rainforest trekking on elephants, mountain hiking, to visiting hill tribes of Thailand. With such spirit, Mr. Wilson surely enlivens the hearts of those whom he meets.