The Park Hyatt Zanzibar Takes New Direction


Having worked in the management and tourism industry for over 25 years in six countries, Garry Friend brings his extensive skills and knowledge to the heart of Stone Town – to the beachfront hotel for the discerning business traveller and luxury holidaymaker alike.

Born in Sydney Australia, Friend graduated from the prestigious Australian School of Tourism and Hotel Management and began his career in hotels as a restaurant manager in 1986. He joined Hyatt International in 1988 as a Food and Beverage Team Leader and has risen through the ranks during his 26-plus year career with the global brand.

Prior to Muscat, Mr Friend served as General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Sharm-elSheikh, Egypt; Grand Hyatt Cairo, Egypt; Park Hyatt Johannesburg, South Africa and Grand Hyatt Doha, Qatar. Friend also held various food and beverage positions at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Regency Adelaide and Park Hyatt Canberra, all in Australia. Most recently, Garry served as the General Manager for three years at Grand Hyatt Muscat in Oman, one of the Sultanate’s leading five star hotels.

Friend will oversee all aspects of hotel operations of the 67-room hotel located on the picturesque beachfront of Stone Town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and the cultural heart of Zanzibar. Park Hyatt Zanzibar is the quintessential destination to experience the idyllic East African island of Zanzibar and to embrace the rich culture, heritage and historical significance of the hotel’s location.


Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook




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