84984 29 Aug 2018

Yas Marina Appoints New General Manager Billy Cañellas Vears to the role of GM

Yas Marina Appoints New General Manager, Billy Cañellas Vears to the role of GM


Billy Cañellas Vears has acquired over 13 years of experience in the marina, real estate and hospitality industries Abu Dhabi - August 2018: Yas Marina has announced the new appointment of Billy Cañellas Vears to the role of General Manager. Having joined the team in June 2018, Vears’ extensive experience comes at a time when the marina steps into an exciting year filled with events and new culinary expansion plans.

Cañellas education and exceptional career background stems from a business management field, alongside being a professional sailor in the Spanish Olympic team. His entrepreneurial goals, together with his sports enthusiasm, led him into successfully managing his start up business in 2005, operating what become the largest online berth and charter booking platform worldwide.

In his career as Managing Director, Cañellas oversaw a prominent international Superyacht Show and held a senior positions at international marina and retail developments, alongside a number of other accomplishments. His leadership approach includes implementing sales and marketing techniques and strategic forward planning, to further drive the growth of the brand.

“It is a pleasure to join Yas Marina Abu Dhabi and to work with this dynamic and dedicated team,” says Canellas. “Recent numbers from World Tourism Organisation (WTO) has showcased UAE to be one of the 10 fastest growing tourist destinations, and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism confirms a growth of five percent of hotel guests during the first half of 2018. These increased figures prove that this city continues to attract travelers through tourist sights, art and cultural fairs, festivals and events.

As we have an exciting fall season ahead of us with several events and activations planned, I am committed to providing genuine hospitality at a world-class level, and aim to deliver an unforgettable experience to all of our members and visitors.”

Aligned with Cañellas background, Yas Marina is proud to work closely with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi to further position the UAE capital as an international reference Superyacht destination. Yas Marina presents unique elements to consumers, including stunning waterways, state of the art marina facilities, affordable berthing fees with bespoke packages, and low shore power cost, targeting an increase in berthing sales, to ultimately enhance market growth.

Perfectly in line with Yas Marina’s worldwide cuisine offering, Cañellas F&B management experience will be valuable, as the venue plans to expand its culinary portfolio.

His cosmopolitan background and interest in other cultures makes Canellas a valuable leader, set to take the vibrant Yas Marina destination to the next level attracting communities, GCC residents and worldwide yachting tourism.


About Yas Marina

Awarded a Five Gold Anchor rating from The Global Marina Accreditation, Yas Marina has become one of UAE’s finest marinas featuring a vibrant venue offering a 227-berth marina, dining, fitness and leisure facilities. Situated on Yas Island, the destination includes a variety of activities, events and restaurants that cater to all taste buds and budgets. Each outlet along the waterside promenade boasts iconic views of the W Hotel and iconic racetrack. As the sun sets, the family friendly destination transforms into a buzzing hub of dining and nightlife entertainment.

From premier fitness facilities and physiotherapy to water sports, boat charters, a children’s playground and a musical water fountain, there is something for all ages throughout the day.

Weekly promotions and seasonal events make Yas Marina a destination to keep discovering, morning, noon and night.

About Yas Island

Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi - just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of awardwinning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, worldclass shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and the most enjoyable musical and family events… all within the 25 sq km Island.

Today, Yas Island is home to: the Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi (opening on 25 July 2018), the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Water world, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIXTM), Yas Marina, Yas Links golf course, Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, more than 160 dining experiences, seven hotels, and indoor and outdoor concert venues - all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.

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