Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown appoints director of restaurants and bars

by Dina Maaty | 22 Nov 2020

Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown has announced the appointment of Timothy Groeneweg as director of Restaurants and Bars at the new design-lead property. Groeneweg pursued a degree in Hospitality Management in Hotelschool The Hague and has since garnered a wealth of experience across his home country of the Netherlands and the Middle East. During this time

Hilton promotes Shalvesh Nundlaul to cluster marketing & communications manager for two hotels in Ras Al Khaimah

by Dina Maaty | 19 Nov 2020

Shalvesh Nundlaul has been named as the new cluster marketing & communications manager for Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa and Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah. With more than four years of marketing experience at Hilton properties in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, Nundlaul began his career with Hilton Hotels & Resorts in 2016 at Hilton Sharjah as Marketing Coordinator. He then took

Al Jaddaf Rotana appoints general manager

by Dina Maaty | 17 Nov 2020

Al Jaddaf Rotana, the newest 5-star property launched by the group, has appointed Haytham Omar as its new general manager. A veteran hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry in the UAE, Omar has held diverse positions within Rotana over 10 years, specialising in all commercial aspects. He joined the company

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort names general manager

by Dina Maaty | 12 Nov 2020

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort has announced the appointment of Savino Leone as general manager at the hotel. Savino has an extensive international career, having held previous roles spanning the globe in countries including Japan, Egypt, the UK, Dubai and France. He has been at the helm of several hotel openings. Savino has more than

The Ritz-Carlton DIFC appoints general manager

by Dina Maaty | 09 Nov 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre has welcomed Fadeel Wehbe as the new general manager of the property. With experience spanning over 30 years, Wehbe will oversee all aspects of the property, the group says. His career in hospitality ranges from holding key management positions at corporate business hotels as well as luxury destination resorts

Valor Hospitality Partners appoints head of business development for EMEA

by Dina Maaty | 05 Nov 2020

Valor Hospitality Partners has announced the appointment of Tim Smith, formerly managing partner of HVS sub-Saharan Africa, to its Global Business Development team. Smith joins as head of business development for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), based out of London, England, working directly with the Valor Europe office. He will be utilising his knowledge

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis appoints general manager

by Dina Maaty | 02 Nov 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis has announced the appointment of Yasser Bahaa as general manager. With more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Bahaa worked with various international brands. “I’m thrilled to be back in Cairo and truly humbled by the opportunity to join an exceptional team at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis,”

Emirates Palace appoints director of food and beverage

by Dina Maaty | 28 Oct 2020

Emirates Palace has appointed Tom Kooij as the new director of food and beverage. With over 12 years of experience in the Food & Beverage scene, Kooij was the Food and Beverage Manager at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. In 2016, he was first appointed as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager – Projects the

IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City appoints new area general manager to oversee four properties

by Dina Maaty | 25 Oct 2020

IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City has announced the appointment of veteran hotelier Thomas Schmelter as area general manager, overseeing four properties and the Dubai Festival Arena. Originally from Germany, Schmelter, according to IHG, will drive the performance of InterContinental, InterContinental Residences Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Dubai Festival Arena by InterContinental at Dubai

Mandarin Oriental appoints general managers for two properties in Turkey

by Dina Maaty | 22 Oct 2020

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Harun Dursun and Ersev Demiröz as general managers at the chain’s Bosphorus and Istanbul properties, respectively.  Anticipated to open in Spring 2021, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul will be the Group’s second luxury hotel in Turkey. Dursun, who has been General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum since 1 May 2018, has

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