Moukarzel named as new GM of Al Bait Sharjah

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Feb 2018

Patrick Moukarzel has been named as the general manager of Al Bait Sharjah – the 53-key hotel scheduled to open later this year. Since his last role with General Hotel Management (GHM) as a general manager in Suzhou, Moukarzel has managed luxury hotels in Penang, Malaysia and in Maldives where he shepherded the Soneva Jani from

Shangri-La Hotels makes major appointment in Oman

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Feb 2018

Sandra Simone Leibrock has joined Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts as director of sales & marketing and will be overseeing two properties in Muscat – Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.  She will also lead the repositioning efforts of Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa as a private standalone

New DOSM appointed by Fairmont Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Feb 2018

Fairmont Dubai has announced the appointment of Valerie Vayssiere as director of sales and marketing. Valerie joins Fairmont Dubai from her most recent role as director of sales at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, a position she held since June 2015. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Sales at Shangri-La

New GM announced for soon-to-open Pearl Rotana Abu Dhabi

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Feb 2018

Karim Nahas has been named as the general manager at the soon-to-open Pearl Rotana Abu Dhabi. Nahas brings nearly three decades’ of regional experience in the hospitality industry to the role. As general manager at Pearl Rotana Abu Dhabi, he will oversee the upcoming launch, as well as all management functions, hotel operations and innovative

Wyndham Hotel Group announces new cluster GM for three Dubai properties

by Patrick Ryan | 05 Feb 2018

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Dino Van Eeckhaut as cluster general manager for three of the group’s hotels in Dubai. In his new role, Van Eeckhaut will be responsible for guiding the overall direction and strategic priorities of the cluster of three hotels: Wyndham Dubai Marina, the group’s first property in Dubai

New general manager for Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 04 Feb 2018

Hospitality Management Holding (HMH) has appointed Shahzad Butt as the new general manager of the Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel. Butt brings over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry worldwide and has run multiple award-winning hotels in the UAE. Butt said, “I am truly honoured to join the Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel,

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts appoints new president for MEA region

by Patrick Ryan | 30 Jan 2018

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has promoted Marc Descrozaille to the position of president Middle East & Africa (MEA). Having joined the hospitality firm in 2017 as vice president operations Middle East & Africa, Marc will now take the helm from Andreas Mattmüller, who has retired from his role as chief operating officer MEA, a region

IHG Dubai Festival City appoints marketing and PR manager

by Patrick Ryan | 29 Jan 2018

InterContinental Hotels Group, Dubai Festival City has announced the appointment of Vanina Yordanova as the new marketing & public relations manager. Yordanova will oversee and develop the marketing and communications efforts and cultivate these efforts, in-conjunction with the overall brand and hotel strategy. “I am delighted to welcome Vanina to our IHG Family and I am positive

New GM for The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

by Patrick Ryan | 29 Jan 2018

Marriott International has appointed Marwan Fadel as the general manager of The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. The Lebanese national has nearly two decades of hospitality experience across the Middle East. In his new role, he will oversee all management functions, hotel operations, and new innovations, aiming to achieve planned goals for the

JA Resorts & Hotels appoints new CEO

by Patrick Ryan | 28 Jan 2018

JA Resorts & Hotels has appointed Anthony Ross as the company’s new CEO. Ross has over 30 years’ industry leadership experience in the hospitality sector, spanning roles on multiple continents. Prior to joining JA Resorts & Hotels, he was CEO at the Indonesia-based Aryaduta Hotel Group and held the executive vice president position at Preferred

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