Judging: Service Excellence

Horst Frehse

Consultant to the tourism & hospitality industry

Horst W Frehse is one of the most beloved hoteliers in South Africa. He has led many of the country’s most successful hospitality establishments and has held positions at Grande Roche Hotel, Singita Game Reserves and Asara Wine Estate & Hotel before joining the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. His highlights include being unanimously elected onto the International Relais & Châteaux Board of Directors in 2007, a position he held until joining Leading Hotels of the World member, The Twelve Apostles.

In 2011 he was awarded the Officier Maître Hotelier du Bailage d’Afrique du Sud de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ Award for his contribution to the Chaîne and the hospitality industry in South Africa. Horst was bestowed the ultimate honour in 2015 at the annual Red Carnation Hotels Staff Appreciation Awards Gala, receiving a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award for his accomplishments, passion and dedication to the South African hotel industry.

Following a stellar career in the hospitality industry which spanned more than 40 years, in December 2015, Horst announced his retirement he is now a consultant to the tourism & hospitality industry.