Talent interview: El Sur head chef Juan Carlos

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

El Sur head chef Juan Carlos says steady progression is key to success in the region’s F&B industry Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first role in the F&B industry was washing dishes while I was studying in Andorra, Spain. It’s a very laborious job and makes you appreciate how important

Hotel GMs must learn benefits of housekeeping tech

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

Panel discussion, “Tech Talk”, which took place during BNC Publishing’s Executive Housekeepers Conference, touched upon the challenges faced by the housekeeping department when it comes to implementing the latest technology to improve efficiency. Some of the panelists pointed out that educating management on the benefits of technology is the biggest challenge they face. Erkan Tatlidil,

Jumeirah Group makes string of female leadership appointments

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Oct 2016

Jumeirah Group strengthens its regional presence with a number of senior management appointments. Doris Greif has been appointed as the new Senior Vice President of Operations for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), with Katie Benson replacing her as Regional Vice President for Europe, in addition to her role as General Manager of

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi names new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Oct 2016

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi has named Ashraf El Siessy as the new general manager of the recently rennovated, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi.  Originally from Egypt, El Siessy has spent the last few years in the Gulf, most recently as the general manager at Sheraton Deira Hotel, Dubai. A seasoned hospitality professional with more

Dusit International names GM for first property in Qatar

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Sep 2016

Dusit International has appointed Ahmet Antepli as  the new general manager of the upcoming Dusit Hotel and Suites Doha.  An accomplished hotelier, Antepli has over 18 years of experience working in various hospitality positions for well-known hotel chains across the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Most recently, he was the general manager at Doubletree by

Wyndham Hotel Group hires new Chief Development Officer

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Sep 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Philippe Bijaoui as the new Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA). In his new  role, Bijaoui will oversee the company’s rapid expansion across the region, introducing additional brands to established markets and building on the 73 countries where Wyndham hotels can already be found. Bijaoui

Opinion: Building a bond

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Sep 2016

Invest in your internal stakeholders and your external customers will follow, says Ali Sinaei, co-founder and managing director, Roundmenu Several major hospitality groups have recently introduced loyalty programmes that focus primarily on their restaurant and leisure offering rather than the traditional hotel rooms model. U by Emaar and Isme by Jumeirah were launched within months

Face to Face: Guido De Wilde, SVP, regional director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Sep 2016

Having withstood the test of time, Guido De Wilde, senior vice president, regional director, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Middle East has been with the company for almost 30 years, climbing the ladder of success and travelling the globe in the process. A sincere gentleman with goodwill at the core of his character, De Wilde tells

Spill the beans: Brisket, Amman

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Sep 2016

Ali Mortagui, owner/pitmaster, Brisket, Amman showcases his hole-in-the-wall smokehouse, which specialises in great music and high-quality meat dishes in very casual surroundings What is your professional background? In my previous life I was a corporate junkie. I majored in marketing and communications, then worked in business management. My previous employers include Unilever, British American Tobacco

Yas Island Rotana and Centro Yas Island name new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Sep 2016

Yas Island Rotana and Centro Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Rotana has appointed Craig Bruce as the new general manager of both properties.  Bruce brings a wealth of experience to his new role having worked in diverse international postings from his home country South Africa to UK, Bostwana and the UAE. Commenting on his new role,

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