Leading The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah with Peter Katusak-Huzsvar

Leading The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah with Peter Katusak-Huzsvar

With over three decades of hospitality experience, Peter Katusak-Huzsvar has held pivotal roles in renowned hotels across the world. As GM of Ritz-Carlton Jeddah, he talks about Jeddah’s hospitality scene and what’s planned at the luxury property. 

What attracted you to the role of general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah?

I am honored to have joined as the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah. Moreover, the unique blend of tradition, elegance and luxury that The Ritz-Carlton brand embodies drew me to this role and property. Furthermore, being part of a team dedicated to creating memorable moments for guests in Jeddah is inspiring and fulfilling. This opportunity aligns perfectly with my passion for hospitality excellence. In addition, I am excited to contribute to the continued success and reputation of this iconic property.

What sets the hospitality scene in Jeddah apart from the rest of the Middle East?

The hospitality scene in Jeddah stands out in the Middle East due to its perfect fusion of tradition and modernity. Moreover, Jeddah’s diverse architecture, culinary offerings and artistic expression reflect its rich history as a trading hub and cultural crossroads. Additionally, the diverse architecture, culinary offerings and artistic expression in Jeddah reflect its rich history as a trading hub and cultural crossroads. Moreover, Jeddah’s welcoming spirit, stunning coastline and vibrant social scene bolster its reputation as a premier luxury destination in the Middle East.

What can you tell us about your leadership style?

In my role as general manager, I adhere to a servant leadership approach that emphasizes empathy, humility and dedication. Additionally, I believe in creating a supportive and inclusive work environment. Consequently, every individual feels valued, respected and motivated to contribute their best. Moreover, I lead with integrity, transparency and a focus on continuous learning and improvement. My aim is to promote a culture of excellence, innovation and genuine care for both guests and colleagues.

What are your aspirations for The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah?

My focus is to strengthen the property’s positioning as a beacon of luxury hospitality excellence. Additionally, not only in the city of Jeddah but in KSA and beyond. My vision is to ensure every guest experiences The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah’s renowned luxury, elegance and personalized service upon arrival. To achieve this, I plan to invest in the professional development of our team. Moreover, I plan to implement innovative guest experiences and strengthen our relationships with the local community and key stakeholders. By focusing on attention to detail, operational excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement, I aim to exceed guest expectations. Consequently, I aim to solidify The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah’s reputation as a world-class luxury hotel.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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