Sol Kerzner’s passion for hospitality was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by confirming that Sol Kerzner was invested with the insignia of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) for his outstanding and exemplary contribution in the area of business and community in the Bahamas. This highest honour was awarded in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2010.
Kerzner operates the successful 3,500-room Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas and the 1,500-room Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Kerzner also operates some of the top-rated luxury resort properties in the world, under the One&Only brand, which are located in The Bahamas, Mexico, Mauritius, Maldives, South Africa and Dubai.
Last week, Sol accepted the ILTM/UltraTravel Lifetime Achievement award in Cannes for his life-long service and dedication to international travel in Cannes. In February 2010, Kerzner was awarded the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Albert E. Koehl Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to advertising and marketing in the hospitality industry. Kerzner was also lauded for his humanitarian achievements outside the travel arena with two distinguished awards from both sides of the pond. Kerzner’s dedication to helping raise over £200 million for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children was acknowledged by The Variety Club Children’s Charity in London honoring him with their May 2010 19th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award. In June, Kerzner accepted Cornell’s 2010 Hospitality Innovator of the Year Award, given annually by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.