Covid-19 claims life of Phuket hotelier

PHUKET, 7 May 2020: A popular hotel general manager John Gill, 69, passed away Tuesday after being hospitalised and diagnosed 24 March with Covid-19. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

An Australian national who worked in Thailand’s hotel industry for more than three decades, he was most recently general manager of the Manathai Resort on Khao Lak beach, Phangnga province, about 100 km north of Phuket Island.

He is best known for a long stint at the Dusit Resort and Polo Club in Hua Hin where he served as the director of sales and resident manager. He also served as general manager of the Kata Group’s Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa and managed hotels overseas including Kathmandu Nepal.


  1. A couple of us remember John from before he moved to Thailand. Always with a huge smile, a friendly, generous, sincere, guy. Hambe Kahle.

  2. My condolences to the family at this devastating time. Only time will heal your grief… but he will never leave you. I did not know John well, but the few times we met he was a warm, friendly and convivial gentleman. R.I.P. John

  3. Our hearts and thoughts go out to John’s family at this difficult time.

    John was a lovely guy and well liked by all those that met him.

    Tourism Thailand is a poorer place without John.

    Andrew J Wood
    May 2020

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