With 20 years’ experience in a variety of luxury properties across the industry, Frits Potgieter was born in Namibia and then grew up in South Africa, studying at the University of Johannesburg, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and an Honours Degree in Strategic Management. During his holidays from college, Frits spent summers working in his aunt’s South African restaurant in Hong Kong, where he fell in love with the hospitality business.
Frits began his career as a hospitality professional in the UK at the 4-star Brands Hatch Thistle Hotel in 1999, from there moving to London, where he worked at the Radisson Edwardian Hotels group for three years, then subsequently joined Red Carnation Hotels as Front of House Manager at The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel.
Promoted to Deputy General Manager of that hotel in 2005, Frits then moved to The Milestone Hotel & Apartments in 2007, Red Carnation ‘s London flagship property.
Frits joined The Doyle Collection in 2012 as Hotel Manager at The Marylebone Hotel, and later became General Manager of The Kensington Hotel before moving to Ireland in 2016 to take up the role of General Manager of the Imperial Hotel in Cork city. Frits’ wife is originally from the area, and they are happily based in Cork now.
Passionate about hotels and fascinated by people, Frits loves to travel and, unsurprisingly for someone with a South African background, is a keen rugby supporter and loves good red wine.
“I’m extremely pleased to be joining the team at the 5-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa,” said new General Manager Frits Potgieter. “This is a superb hotel in a famously beautiful part of the world and I am looking forward to making my own contribution to the hotel’s illustrious history, while working together with everyone at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa to help to develop the property into the future.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Frits Potgieter to the iNua team,” said COO of iNua Sean O’Driscoll. “He brings an extensive working knowledge of the hospitality industry at a high level and a range of experience that will be an excellent asset to the team at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, as well as throughout the iNua Collection.”