Barnes has been in Dubai since 2007, when he was appointed regional vice president of Fairmont Hotels — he added the Fairmont Dubai to his portfolio in May this year, re-locating to the actual hotel where he is now based.
And there are not many in the business with more experience: a seasoned hotelier, his career spans over 33 years across four continents where he has held executive positions in several leading hotel companies, including over ten years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Barnes first joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in 1998 as regional vice president, operations for British Columbia for Delta Hotels & Resorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairmont Hotels, where he also held general manager positions and oversaw the successful openings of three new Delta hotels. In 2001, his responsibilities were enlarged to encompass all the Delta Hotels & Resorts in Western Canada. In 2004, Barnes was appointed regional vice president and general manager, Pacific Northwest for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a role that encompassed six iconic Fairmont Hotels & Resorts properties in the region in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.