Greg Williams – General Manager – Song Saa Private Island

Mr Greg Williams is the new general manager at Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia. Described by his team as a “great Aussie Bloke", Greg comes most recently from his role as the general manager at Alilia Sothea, another hotel in Cambodia. He has a wealth of island experience including general manager of Alila Villas Hadahaa in the Maldives and prior to that, general manager of Island Hideaway Maldives. He has also run private islands in Australia (Bedarra) and Fiji (Royal Davui and Laucala. e-Travel Blackboard took some time to talk to Greg about sunrise over Mount Everest, staff equality and island life.

What drew you to work in the travel industry?

I became a functions porter directly after school to save money to travel and after extensive travel I got the best of both worlds enjoying new places and exciting jobs in different environments

What do you like most about your job?

Mentoring staff of all nationalities, learning about new cultures and meeting a very diverse range of guests

Who do you admire and see as a role model in the travel industry?

Sir Richard Branson

What do you want to see improve in the industry?

Equality for all staff of all nationalities

What destinations are on your travel bucket list?

Tibet and Hike to K2 in Pakistan

What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?

Sunrise over Mount Everest from the summit of Mera Peak Nepal

What are three things you must always take with you when you travel?

Camera, Ipad, Noise canceling headphones

Name someone famous with whom you’d like to travel and where you’d take

Keith Richards on a tour of Jamaica

What is the best thing about working on a private island?

The camaraderie of the team, and no day is ever the same

What is the worst thing about working on a private island?

Missing watching live bands on tour

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Kate Webster
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