Standards Advisory Committee

Forbes Travel Guide enlists some of the brightest stars in the universe of hospitality and luxury brands to be sure our Star Rating standards reflect the most up-to-date guest expectations. The Standards Advisory Committee (SAC), formed in 2013, brings together experts in multiple luxury verticals from around the world to share their perspectives with Forbes Travel Guide. When we refine our Star Rating standards each year, we take their recommendations into account, keeping our perspective fresh and relevant to the discerning guest.

2020 - 2021
2018 - 2019
2016 - 2017
BrianAbel
Brian Abel

CRUISE LINES
Senior Vice President of Operations
Celebrity Cruises 
YannickAugy
Yannick Augy

FOOD & BEVERAGE
Director of Learning and Development
Hakkasan Group 
KyraBradley
Kyra Bradley

SPA & WELLNESS
Director of Wellbeing
Fairmont Grand del Mar 
MarcBrugger
Marc Brugger

ASIA PACIFIC
Managing Director
Rosewood Hong Kong 
RobertCima
Robert Cima

THE AMERICAS – NORTH
General Manager & Regional Vice President
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake 
FernandoFlores
Fernando Flores

THE AMERICAS – MEXICO & THE CARIBBEAN
General Manager
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal 
ChrisGabaldon
Chris Gabaldon

RESORTS
Chief Operating Officer
Auberge Resorts 
JosannaGaither
Josanna Gaither

Luxury Brands
Education and Aesthetic Director
Natura Bissé Group 
BrianGullbrants
Brian Gullbrants

CASINO & GAMING INDUSTRY
President
Encore Boston Harbor 
SusanHarmsworth
Susan Harmsworth

SPA & WELLNESS
Founder
ESPA International 
MalcolmHendry
Malcolm Hendry

BOUTIQUE HOTELS & INN
General Manager
Hotel 41 - Red Carnation Hotels 
TulioHochkoeppler
Tulio Hochkoeppler

THE AMERICAS - SOUTH
General Manager
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires 
RajeshJhingon
Rajesh Jhingon

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Regional Vice President
Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Madinat 
RajeshKhubchandani
Rajesh Khubchandani

THE AMERICAS – NORTH
Vice President, Brand & Global Operations
Marriott International Luxury Brands 
MacyLam
Macy Lam

ASIA PACIFIC
Vice President & General Manager of Hotel Operations
Melco 
RobMarks
Rob Marks

LUXURY BRANDS
Past President & Zone Director of the Americas
Les Clefs D’or 
GeoffrayMaugin
Geoffray Maugin

EUROPE
Senior Vice President, Guest Experience & Business Performance, Luxury & Premium Brands
Accor Hotels 
NickRimedio
Nick Rimedio

LIFESTYLE BRANDS
General Manager
La Peer Hotel, West Hollywood Kimpton - InterContinental Hotels Group 
HaniRoustom
Hani Roustom

Independent Hotels
General Manager
The Hazelton 
MaxTappeiner
Max Tappeiner

CASINO & GAMING INDUSTRY
Senior Vice President of Operations
Resorts World Las Vegas