In the realm of hospitality, Christopher Tabone stands as a living testament to dedication, experience, and a deep-rooted passion for service.
As the Hotel Manager of Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa, his journey through the industry mirrors the evolution of modern technology and service standards.
With an impressive career spanning over four decades and a wealth of experience garnered within the Marriott family, Christopher Tabone embodies the epitome of seasoned expertise and a profound understanding of the hospitality landscape.
Christopher's career began in 1984, embarking on his odyssey as the Deputy Chief Engineer at Hilton Malta, marking the genesis of a lifelong affiliation with the industry. He honed his skills and knowledge through diverse roles in various prestigious hotels, both locally and overseas including the Corinthia St Petersburg as well as Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku.
Each chapter of his journey contributed to his rich tapestry of experience, culminating in the transformation of Le Meridian St Julian’s Hotel and Spa into the new Malta Marriott.
During his time in the industry, Christopher witnessed a paradigm shift in communication, from teletext to the era of smart technology, adapting seamlessly to each wave of change. His mentoring style, characterized by a technical advisory approach and a profound passion for touching all departments, showcases his commitment to nurturing future hospitality professionals.
One of Christopher's notable strengths lies in crisis management, deftly handling challenging situations such as burst pipes, natural disasters, guest delays, and hosting important guests. This resilience and expertise have defined his role as Hotel Manager for Malta Marriott.
However, beyond crisis management, his true calling lies in his innate passion for the service industry, nurtured from an early age while serving his family and guests with dedication and grace.
The Marriott chapter of Christopher's story began in 2015 when he took on the dual role of Director of Engineering for the hotel and Project Manager for the €40 million refurbishment and rebranding project at Malta Marriott.
His forward-thinking approach and commitment to protecting asset value and enhancing guest experience were key elements that contributed to the success of the project. His involvement in all aspects of the refurbishment, contrary to traditional norms, demonstrated his dedication and hands-on approach.
Christopher's philosophy extends to the belief that the heart of the Marriott brand lies in its well-managed and actively engaged staff. He places great emphasis on being present on the floor, echoing the sentiment that effective leadership stems from direct engagement with the team.
Furthermore, his passion for the industry extends to his community involvement, coaching youth in sports, and imparting valuable life lessons through his experiences.
Christopher Tabone's journey within Marriott and the broader hospitality industry reflects a remarkable blend of experience, adaptability, and unwavering passion. His vision for Malta Marriott includes an unwavering commitment to exceptional guest satisfaction, continuous improvement, and a community-oriented approach for both guests and associates.
As the oldest standing service member in the industry, he sets a shining example for aspiring hospitality professionals seeking to make an enduring mark within the Marriott International's Organisation.
Alex Incorvaja, General Manager of Malta Marriott says, “Chris is one of those driven individuals who has orchestrated a highly successful and rewarding career in such a wonderful industry. Working together with Chris gives you peace of mind in knowing that the hotel operation is executed with precision through his years of meticulous experience.
Being one of Malta’s leading 5-star hotels, guest satisfaction is key to our success, and Chris certainly is the driver in this area.”