Kicking off our brand-new interview segment we have the pleasure of getting to know Ms Teree George, director of global sales at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.

How long have you worked in the travel industry?

Just over 20 years.


What do you like most about your role?

The diversity and innovation of the Jumeirah brand is highly motivating and I am passionate about the hotels and resorts we offer travellers around the world. Having worked for the company for 10 years now, the first three spent as an expat in Dubai, it has been a great journey that has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I am very proud of the work I have done in this region since establishing the Australian global sales office in 2008. My role is diverse and covers all segments plus a little media and marketing, which really keeps me inspired.


Why should travel agents recommend Jumeriah to their clients?

Jumeirah is far from just another luxury hotel chain, our hotels and resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world. Jumeirah created the world’s most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and it is the reason the emirate is considered a leader in imaginative and exhilarating experiences, pushing the boundaries of what you expect when you visit. Within our DNA are the highest standards of true Arabian hospitality, the tradition of welcoming guests like no other.


Tell us something travel agents probably don’t know about Jumeirah.

At Jumeirah, we simply think about things that others do not, this is what makes our hotels just that little more special. With the STAY DIFFERENT™ brand promise at our core, thoughtful and generous service is offered at every place in which we operate. No matter if you are experiencing our remarkable Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah or the flavours of the honey we make on the roof in Jumeirah Frankfurt, you can be sure that your experience will be different – imaginative and exhilarating, culturally connected, thoughtful and generous.


What advice would you give to someone entering a new job the travel industry?

Work hard, listen and learn. Always keep an open mind and don’t expect to be at the top of your game immediately. Surround yourself with positive and energetic colleagues and mentors to motivate and help you on your journey. Be yourself. Don’t play politics in your work place or with your clients, it does not achieve anything.


What’s your favourite holiday destination?

For a relaxing holiday, definitely The Maldives and we have two amazing resorts in the destination. As Aussies, we have largely undiscovered the magical beauty of the Maldives and what it can offer families, couples and multi-generational family/friends travellers. The scenery is breathtaking and it is definitely one of the happiest places to visit which is quite infectious once you are there.


What’s your favourite hotel?

That would be like asking me “which is your favourite child?!” My top five right now would be Madinat Jumeirah & Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul. Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto, Rome. Jumeirah Vittaveli & Jumeirah Dhevanafhushi both in the Maldives… Oops sorry, that’s six!


Which three travel gadgets/items can you not live without?

Pashmina/throw, Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream and pictures of my boys.


What’s your funniest travel experience?

In recent times, my hubby’s first five5 star resort “couples” spa experience at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives and them handing him the disposal underwear.   We didn’t come out of the change area in the couples room for around 20 minutes as the laughter and debate of which way he should wear it overcame – well me especially!


If you could go on holiday with anyone in the world, who would it be?

My hubby and twin boys. When you’re a full time working Mum, you just want to hang out with the ones you love on holiday.


What do you like most about Excite Holidays?

The technology is so easy for agents to search and use. Excite Holidays is a great partner for Jumeirah as you are featuring and selling our entire global portfolio which is key to growing our global brand in this region.


What’s next for Jumeirah in 2016?

Jumeirah is investing in the construction of Jumeirah Al Naseem, the fourth hotel component of Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, which brings another 430 luxury rooms to the market – this will open in autumn 2016. We are also in negotiations on a number of new management agreements around the world, including several for our new contemporary lifestyle brand, Venu, which is designed to appeal to travellers with a ‘Millennial’ mindset and comes in at a more modest price point. The Venu properties are expected to open in 2017 and will offer close to 300 hotel rooms and 119 serviced apartments. Within the next five years our hotel openings will include properties in St. Petersburg, Dubai, Jordan, China, Bali and Oman. So it looks like I’ll be busy!