Fairmont Empress Appoints Dan McGowan as General Manager

Canada, Toronto. July 16, 2021

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, the iconic world leading hotel group known for its historic luxury and unparalleled service, has announced the appointment of Dan McGowan as General Manager of Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC.

In his new position, McGowan will lead the overall operations, performance, and strategic direction for Fairmont Empress. Joining the Fairmont Empress team following his most recent role as the General Manager of Fairmont San Jose, McGowan brings over 25 years of experience working within the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand.

"Fairmont Empress is a long-standing icon of historic celebrations and timeless luxury for the Vancouver Island community," says Jens Moesker, Regional Vice President & General Manager, Fairmont Pacific Rim. "We are so thrilled to welcome Dan to the team, as his extensive knowledge and experience leading prominent historic Fairmont properties across North America will be instrumental in continuing to provide Victoria visitors and locals alike with unforgettable moments and experiences."

Prior to his time at Fairmont San Jose, McGowan held progressive leadership roles throughout Fairmont properties across North America, spending time at hotels such as Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Fairmont Dallas and Fairmont Palliser.

McGowan holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Hotel & Food Administration from The University of Guelph. He has also completed the Career Development and HMDC (Hospitality Managers Development Course) through the University of Guelph. As an active leader in the tourism community, McGowan volunteer leadership roles such as Board of Directors of Tourism Richmond, Chair of the Hotel Association in Calgary, Board of Director of Tourism Calgary, Board of Directors of Visit Dallas and Board of Directors of Tourism San Jose.

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