“There are good people everywhere, and if you treat them right, they will do a great job, and guests will love it. That is Four Seasons.”
When Antoine Corinthios joined Four Seasons in the mid 1970s, friends thought he was taking a big risk – the company was small, and the brand was virtually unknown outside Canada. Nonetheless, he found Four Seasons values compatible with his own, and he went for it. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, more than three decades later, he oversees more than two dozen Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with as many more currently in development.
“People always ask how we overcome regional and cultural diversity to present a consistent brand while offering unique experiences in each location. The answer is simple: there are good people everywhere, and if you treat them right, they will do a great job, and guests will love it. That is Four Seasons.”
“Opening a new hotel or resort is like finally giving birth to a baby you’ve developed and cared for and loved for a long time,” says Antoine. “Even better is watching the child grow up – a hotel’s personality really begins to emerge about a year after it opens, and from there, it will grow and flourish.” In the future, Antoine looks forward to continued growth of a global portfolio that now includes more than 80 properties. Emerging destinations include Eastern Europe and Russia, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Europe’s great cities, where developing new properties can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding.
- At Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts: joined in 1977 as Hotel Manager in Montreal, then Ottawa; appointed General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (a Four Seasons Hotel) in 1981; reassigned to The Pierre New York (a Four Seasons Hotel) and Le Quatre Saisons Montreal in 1984; promoted to Area Vice President, Midwest, West Coast and Asia in 1989; has held current position since 1998
- Previously: began hospitality career at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto in 1970 before moving on to Hyatt
- Education: economics degree from York University (Toronto), 1971
- Favourite destinations: all the old cities of Europe, including Paris, London and Venice, and Chicago, where he lived for two decades
- Place he calls home: having travelled the world, lived in half a dozen countries and being fluent in five languages, his home now is anywhere his wife and two daughters are
- What he misses most about working in hotels: “the people – when I visit our hotels and resorts, I always go behind the desks and down the back corridors to see the kitchen staff, housekeepers and others who make the magic happen”