Fancourt’s new food and beverage manager Georgie Davidson (45) has an impressive career in the hospitality and tourism industries spanning some 20 years. Originally a farm girl from Zimbabwe who has made South Africa her home, she has already made her mark around the country, and her sights are now set on a new goal – making a real difference to the tourism and hospitality industry on the Garden Route.
She launched her career in the hospitality industry as a trainee manager at the Three Cities Hotel Group’s Royal Hotel in 1990, after completing her diploma in hotel management at the Witwatersrand Technikon in Gauteng. She swiftly climbed the proverbial ladder, first working as assistant executive housekeeper at the Royal Hotel before transferring to the Sodwana Bay Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal to take up the position of resort administrator there. Then followed a stint as food and beverage manager at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where she and her team planned the seasonal menus for discerning guests at the top end of the travel market, where she also gained in-depth experience and knowledge regarding training and developing staff. With additional experience as an independent conference manager, as general manager for Tourvest – one of South Africa’s top travel services company, and as regional director of luxury travel group Abercrombie and Kent, there is no doubt that she brings invaluable insight to her position at Fancourt.
She is an enthusiastic ’foodie’ herself, and is excited to be working with Fancourt’s executive chef Viktor Malek and his team of accomplished chefs who share her passion. Overseeing Fancourt’s three restaurants, two luxury hotels within the resort, a banqueting division serving the multi-faceted conference centre, and an impressive array of high level functions and events, is all part of her day’s work. She is a passionate advocate of ‘supporting local’ and with her backing, Fancourt’s strong supply chain of local food and wine purveyors is set to develop even further. When she’s not busy creating exciting new food and wine experiences for Fancourt, she also loves exploring the Garden Route’s markets and outdoor spaces.