Posted on August 15, 2017

Hilton Doha appointed Laurence Fernandez as the new General Manager of Trader Vic’s and will be responsible for overseeing both the operations and commercial aspects as well as maintaining the brand and quality of Trader Vic's Doha from recruitment to service.

Working with Trader Vic's for almost 18 years and a proven track record on multi site restaurant management and proven success in restaurant start-up and development, Fernandez will spearhead the opening of the Trader Vic's extension end of this year, conceived to be Doha's Tahitian village. Fernandez led the successful openings and managed several concepts worldwide such as Trader Vic’s restaurant & bar lounge, Senor Pico Latino restaurant & bar lounge. “Over the years, Trader Vic’s restaurant has been a great success in Doha”, said Fernandez, “and I am delighted to join the team as it enters a new, even more exciting chapter.”

Bringing with her extensive and lengthy experience with the brand, Fernandez's first encounter with Trader Vic’s began in 1999 as the assistant general manager of Trader Vic’s restaurant and bar lounge in Marbella - Spain, stepping up as the General Manager of Senor Pico & Trader Vic’s restaurants and bar lounge in Beirut – Lebanon. Fernandez moved to Dubai in 2003 for Trader Vic’s restaurant and bar lounge in Crowne Plaza and then in Souk Madinat in 2006. Fernandez worked as Assistant F&B director at Buccament Bay Hotel & Resorts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines managing several restaurants design by Trader Vic’s worldwide then returned to Europe to lead the Trader Vic's Hilton Park Lane in London as general manager.

General Manager of Hilton Doha, Adham El Sebaey, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Laurence to the Hilton team in such an essential role as we look to further strengthen and expand the success of Trader Vic’s. I strongly believe that her expertise and wealthy experience is tremendously well-placed to manage Trader Vic’s restaurant and will ensure we continuously offer the Trader Vic's essence in this evolving market. With the ongoing expansion project of the Trader Vic’s, the opening out of the terrace and the preparation of the long-planned Tahitian Village which will be taking the seating capacity to additional 200 seats, we have taken the opportunity to conduct a team restructure in order to manage our fast-growing esteem.

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