Quick-fire Q&A with Michael Liffmann

Michael Liffmann is General Manager at AC Hotels by Marriott, the first hotel of its kind to open its doors in Africa and the Middle East. Liffmann has held a number of senior positions in several establishments in South Africa, as well as the UK and USA. After being appointed as acting General Manager at the Westin Cape Town, Liffmann was handpicked to lead AC Hotels Cape Town Waterfront.

Describe your leadership style
I like to lead from the front working hand in hand with my teams, but at the same time also giving the team a sense of ownership for their areas as this is essential for their growth. It is important to me that I not only guide the hotel but also help to build future leaders within our industry.

Your top tip to beat procrastination?
What helps me to beat procrastination is that I always look for the fun and exciting side of the task. The key is to not simply just do it, but to have fun while you do it…

Your favourite getaway destination?
My now wife and I went on a world trip, whilst on this trip we spent some time in Laos, Vietnam. It was magical and I would love to go back there one day. Locally I would have to say that the wine lands are a favorite of mine.

Who or what inspires you?
Without a doubt my family. They not only inspire me to focus, but to also find balance in life which is essential.

Your one wish for South Africa?
After more than two decades of democracy, my main wish for South Africa is stability. With stability we can all have a prosperous future together.

If you could have any 3 people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you serve?
Ricky Gervais, Michael McIntyre and Jack Black. Boerie rolls and slap chips, with Malva pudding for dessert (Jack Black looks like he would like Malva pudding)

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I only took one week of after finishing high school before diving head first into 22 years of working in the hospitality industry.

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?
Sleep a little bit longer, and then have a lovely breakfast with my family.