Mr Farrelly joins from his most recent role with Marriott International as Market Director of Sales & Marketing for the UAE and previously held the position of Director of Marketing at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel.
He first joined Marriott UK in 1999 and held various on-property sales leadership positions before being promoted to Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing for nine hotels in Northern England in 2003.
In December 2011, he moved to Dubai to join the pre-opening team at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai and played a crucial role in launching the flagship property in the Middle East & Africa.
In October 2015, he moved to take on the role of Country Director of Sales & Marketing for UAE with oversight of 15 hotels including five pre-openings, as well as the management of the UAE Market Organization which includes shared services provided to cluster properties for sales, marketing, PR and ecommerce.
Commenting on the announcement, Jason Harding, Complex General Manager said, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of John Farrelly as Multi-Property Director of Sales & Marketing. John holds a sterling track record of success throughout his career to date and his experience coupled with exceptional knowledge of the market will be a valuable asset to Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection. We welcome John to the team and wish him every success in this new role.”