The award, presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, honours the lifetime achievements of hospitality and travel industry visionaries, recognizing their professional and philanthropic contributions, which have transformed the global hospitality industry and society.
“True visionaries lead by example. They see what the future can be, decide to act and inspire others to follow their lead,” says J. Allen Smith, president and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “In the world of luxury hospitality there is no greater visionary than Issy.”
Founded in 1961 in Toronto, the company now operates 99 hotels, resorts and branded residences in 41 countries. With a pipeline of more than 50 projects at various stages of development, Four Seasons continues to grow its global portfolio, further enhancing its well-earned reputation for operating some of the best and most highly awarded hotels in the world.
“It’s no secret that from the very beginning it has been the people of Four Seasons who have played the most significant role in our success,” says Sharp. “Receiving this recognition is a great personal honour and, equally as important, a chance for me to celebrate the collective efforts of many.”