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Date of publication: Jan 21, 2019

Fergus Mac Devitt

Director of Food & Beverage
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi, AccorHotels
www.pullmantokyotamachi.com

Date of birth: March 19, 1983

Hometown: Berlin

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of January 2019)

Fergus Mac Devitt
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

Accuracy, organization and cleanliness is what Japan is famous for, but the kindness and courtesy of the people of Japan toward each other is what keeps impressing me every day. The respect shown to the people, their surroundings and the environment is what I appreciate most in Japan.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

Enjoy your life and enjoy it now. It is too short not to have fun. My son was born a year ago and of course this has completely changed my life. I try to spend as much time as possible with my family and love seeing my kid growing up.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

The greatest achievement was the family-like atmosphere we created with the team. Guests felt it and we became friends. At one property in China, with nothing special in the city but industry, we created something that made our guests excited to come back. Many have visited me in Japan and stayed in contact. This touched on a personal level and helped my career.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My goals have shifted a bit since coming to Japan. I wish to learn more about the people, the language and the culture together with my son who was born here. In my career, there is still a lot to achieve; I will never stop learning more to reach the next position.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

It is beautiful here. Learn from the people around you — those you work with and those you meet. Get to know them. It is an amazing journey. Travel a lot. But most importantly, do not forget to enjoy all these different and delicious dishes from Japan. Eat, drink and eat more!

Last updated: Jan 21, 2019