Swissôtel enters the market in Dubai for first time

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Feb 2018

Swissôtel has opened its doors in Dubai for the first time, it has been confirmed. Al Ghurair Properties has announced the inauguration Swissôtel Al Ghurair and Swissôtel Living, embedded within Al Ghurair Centre, Deira. This follows from the formal partnership agreement between Al Ghurair Properties and AccorHotels in July 2017, to open the first Swissôtel in the United Arab Emirates. Sultan Al Ghurair, CEO of Al Ghurair Properties commented: “In partnership

AccorHotels and Al Ghurair team up for first Swissôtel in UAE

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Jul 2017

Al Ghurair Properties has teamed up with AccorHotels to launch the first Swissôtel brand in the UAE. Both properties will be managed as part of the Swissôtel & Swissôtel Living portfolio, representing the brand’s first foray into the United Arab Emirates. Located within Deira, the hotel and residences offer access to the iconic Al Ghurair

VIDEO: Accor to launch luxury brands in Iran

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Apr 2017

Speaking on the sidelines of Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) on Wednesday 26 April, Francois Baudin, senior vice president development luxury hotels EMEA at AccorHotels revealed ambitious expansion plans for Iran. The French operator is the first international hotel group to open properties in the country since economic sanctions were lifted in 2015. It currently

Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts opens second property in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 30 Mar 2017

Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts has opened its second hotel in Saudi Arabia. The Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah has 1,624 rooms and is aimed at smart travellers. Sami Nasser, chief operating officer, AccorHotels luxury brands, Middle East  said: “We are delighted to open our second Swissôtel hotel in the Holy City and begin welcoming pilgrims and guests.

AccorHotels acquires FRHI Hotels & Resorts in mega-merger deal

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Jul 2016

AccorHotels has officially sealed the deal and acquired FRHI Hotels and Resorts in a mega-merger that will see luxury brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel join Accor’s existing portfolio. The acquisition now means that AccorHotels will have 150 hotels – in operation and under management – in the Middle East region, presenting more than 45,000 rooms

Swissôtel global F&B director is new Raffles Dubai chef

by Dina Maaty | 06 Jun 2016

Doxis Bekris, who first joined FRHI Hotels & Resorts in 2010 as corporate F&B/ culinary director of the Swissôtel brand, has been appointed executive chef at Raffles Dubai. The Greek national brings 20 years of experience to his new role, having worked at brands including Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, Emaar Hospitality, and in various roles with

FRHI appoints new VP of sales & marketing

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Mar 2016

FRHI Hotels & Resorts has appointed Bastien Blanc as the new vice president, sales and marketing for the Middle East, Africa and India. In his new role, Blanc will spearhead the overall sales and marketing operations for 19 hotels and will oversee the development and implementation of strategies, plans, and budgets for new and transitional

Swissôtel to launch first hotel in Al Khobar

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Jan 2016

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has inked a deal with Mohammed Ibrahim Al Subeaei & Sons Investment Company (MASIC) to manage the 180-room Swissôtel Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia. With a planned opening in 2019, Swissôtel Al Khobar will be situated within the MASIC Business Park development, encompassing around 55,000 square metres of retail and prime

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