Middle East hospitality

New cluster GM announced for Dubai’s Element and Aloft hotels

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Aug 2017

Marriott International has appointed Stuart Birkwood as cluster general manager for its upcoming properties in Dubai – Aloft Me’aisem, Element Me’aisem, and Aloft Dubai South. Aloft Me’aisem is due to open at the end of the year; Element Me’aisem will mark the debut of the Element brand in the Middle East while the  145-room Aloft Dubai […]

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts appoints new CFO

by Patrick Ryan | 02 Aug 2017

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO) to its executive team. Michel Checoury (pictured right) brings 13 years of experience to the role and will report to the company’s president & CEO, Olivier Chavy. “Michel brings to the role a wide range of advanced technical and commercial experience, gained with […]

onefinestay deal announced by AccorHotels

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Jul 2017

AccorHotels has announced the grouping of Travel Keys, Squarebreak and onefinestay with the intention to integrate the three companies under the onefinestay brand before the end of the year. The announcement is the result of an agreement with the founders of Squarebreak for the acquisition of the entire share capital in the company. The portfolio […]

Major appointment by Hilton in Egypt

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Jul 2017

Hilton has named Mohab Ghali as vice president operations for Egypt and North Africa. An Egyptian-Italian national and lifelong hotelier with more than 25 years’ experience, Ghali has a proven track record of managing all aspects of hotel operations, opening seven Hilton properties in 11 years across four different brands. “With a Hilton hotel or […]

Slow movement for Middle Eastern market

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Jul 2017

The hotel industry in the Middle East reported little movement during the second quarter of 2017, according to data from STR. Middle East Occupancy: -0.1% to 62.4% Average daily rate (ADR): +0.8% to US$169.67 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +0.6% to US$105.84 Egypt Occupancy: +13.9% to 46.8% ADR: +67.2% to EGP1,217.52 RevPAR: +90.5% to EGP569.5 […]

Complex role in Sharjah for Dagher

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jul 2017

Dany Dagher is the new complex general manager for the Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa and Four Points by Sheraton Sharjah. The Canadian national has been in Dubai since 2004 when he joined the Sheraton Jumeira Beach Resort as Director of F&B before being promoted to General Manager of the property in 2009. “I’m […]

Swiss-Belhotel International makes senior appointment in Bahrain

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jul 2017

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) has promoted Herve Peyre to the position of area general manager for Bahrain.  Peyre (pictured right) has been with the group since September 2013 as the general manager for Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain. Making the announcement, Laurent A. Voivenel, senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India for Swiss-Belhotel […]

Q+A with Henk Meyknecht, COO Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Jul 2017

Established in 1897, Kempinski Hotels has a a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In the Middle East it has 21 properties alone. Henk Meyknecht, chief operating officer Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels tells us more… What […]

Rezidor Hotel Group appoints new COO

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Jul 2017

Chema Basterrechea has been named as the new executive vice president & chief operating officer (COO) for the Rezidor Hotel Group. Basterrechea was chief operating officer at NH Hotel Group, prior to his appointment with Rezidor. Rezidor’s five senior area vice presidents across the Middle East, Europe and Africa; leaders of franchise services, safety and […]

New hotel manager for Kempinski Mall of the Emirates

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Jul 2017

Steffen Opitz has been appointed as the new hotel manager for Kempinski Mall of the Emirates. Opitz (pictured right) began his hospitality career with Kempinski Hotels 20 years ago and has since worked with the luxury brand in hotels across the world, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. “I’m delighted to join the team […]









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