Twenty-five years since working as a pool boy at Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta, Maltese-born Adrian Attard is returning to the property as GM.
Pool duties at the hotel that spawned the collection of Corinthia Hotels around the world turned into a passion for the hotel industry for the 18-year-old Attard. He went on to graduate from the Institute of Tourism Studies in 1996 with a diploma in hotel administration.
Attard's career has been steeped in Corinthia and Radisson, including assistant GM of a Tunisian property then owned by Corinthia, and opening the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Golden Sands in Malta. Attard also became involved in operational responsibility, as director of revenue for the Corinthia hotels on the island, and since 2011, GM of sister brand, the Radisson Blu Resort in St Julian’s on Malta.
Attard is a graduate of the Cornell General Managers Program and currently sits on the Council of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, as well as the Board of Governors of the Institute of Tourism Studies.
“It is a great honor to be coming back to the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa at this time,” Attard said in a statement. “This hotel is the essence of excellence in Mediterranean hospitality, a special place with a team that is clearly passionate and dedicated to creating unforgettable memories for our guests. I look forward to being part of this story.”
Attard takes over from David Woodward, GM of Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa since 2012, who will remain within the property to oversee the refurbishment of the hotel currently being undertaken and who will become a consultant to Corinthia Hotels.
Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa opened in 1968, incorporating the palatial villa that had already been running for six years as a restaurant. Villa Corinthia has remained an integral part of the Corinthia Palace Hotel. The property is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.