Peter Fulton’s career spans almost 30 years in the hotel industry, starting in his homeland of New Zealand in 1974 and with Hyatt in 1985. He has been focused on the Middle East for 12 years.
Fulton began his career with Hyatt International as food & beverage manager at the Hyatt Regency in Auckland. For the next seven years, he filled senior food and beverage positions at Hyatt properties in Dubai, Canberra and Macau. In 1997, Fulton was appointed GM of the Hyatt Regency Delhi where he remained before taking up his position as GM of Grand Hyatt Dubai in 2002.
Fulton has long had ambitions of propelling the innovation and growth strategy for Hyatt in the region, driven further through his appointment in January of 2008 to his current role.
The close of 2011 saw Hyatt open two new hotels in the UAE capital, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island and Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi at ADNEC.
The company also expanded its presence in the Gulf, with Hyatt Hotels International recruiting a new worldwide sales office team on the ground in Saudi Arabia to cater to growing demand for a local presence in the Kingdom, while simultaneously strengthening the team in Dubai.
A slew of major awards throughout 2011 and 2012 for design, best hotel, best new hotel and best business among others highlighted Fulton’s ability to get the job done well.
The remainder of 2012 will see a focus on Asia including the opening of Park Hyatt Chennai, in the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, the Hyatt Place Hampi and Hyatt Regency Gurgaon.
Fulton oversees eight properties in the GCC, nine in India, one in Maldives and one in Nepal. However, there are eight more properties in the pipeline for the GCC, doubling the company’s presence in the Gulf, and a staggering 56 properties in the pipeline in India.
By the numbers
Hyatt Hotels open in Middle East: 8 Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East: 8 Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months: 2 Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months: 4 Middle East Hyatt due to open by September 2013: 2 Years in hospitality: 27 Years in region: 12 Nationality: New Zealand