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Originally from Italy but born and bred in Germany, Silvano Dressino now consider Fiji, home. The General Manager for Fiji Marriott Resort, Momi Bay, said he was always passionate about
30 Mar 2017 09:33
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Fiji Marriott Resort GM, Silvano Dressino, with his daughter, Federica Dressino, 10, son, Matteo Dressino, 13, and wife, Katrin Dressino. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

Originally from Italy but born and bred in Germany, Silvano Dressino now consider Fiji, home.

The General Manager for Fiji Marriott Resort, Momi Bay, said he was always passionate about working in the hospitality business from a young age. His parents owned an ice-cream and coffee shop.

“I did my apprenticeship in Frankfurt and started as the bell-boy. And I always appreciate people who work behind the scenes,” he said.

Mr Dressino joined Marriott as a marketing and communication officer in 1996. Having served in different countries, it made him understand the cultures and sensitivity of each one.

His first General Manager role started in Shanghai, China.

He moved to Fiji in late October last year. He said it was a pleasure for him – especially having to open the first ever Marriott in Fiji.

Along with his wife and two children, Mr Dressino said, they love it here especially the hospitality.

“What’s unique about the Fijian people is their Bula smile, this is their nature and is in their blood, they are very friendly,” he said.

With his experience and knowledge, Mr Dressino’s only advice to the young people is to work hard and live their dreams.

“Sometimes you need to take risks to be flexible, you can’t always be presented with a silver spoon but there’s always a chance to come from a bell-boy to being a president of a company so I encourage all the youths to have a career as there are tremendous opportunities out there.”

The five start hotel, with 220 rooms will be officially opened on April 8 by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj


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