Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
Radisson Hospitality AB; Chairman, Global Steering Committee, Radisson Hotel Group
The Indian Hotels Company Limited
The Business Breakfast radio show on 103.8FM
RAK Hospitality Holding LLC
Radisson Hotel Group
RYAN PYLE PRODUCTIONS
MMAC Design Associates
Federico J. González is the President and CEO of Radisson Hospitality AB (publ). Federico serves as the chairman of the Global Steering Committee of Radisson Hotel Group, made up of equal representation from Radisson Hospitality AB and Radisson Hospitality, Inc. The Global Steering Committee, under Federico’s leadership, provides guidance and strategic counsel to both management teams and boards, fosters a deeper level of collaboration & communication, and ensures alignment on important matters such as partnership & global growth.
Federico has extensive global executive leadership experience in the hospitality, leisure and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors. Prior to joining Radisson Hospitality AB, he was Chief Executive Officer of NH Hotel Group – where he led a major turnaround of the company – and as Deputy General Manager of Disneyland Paris.
He previously spent 16 years in senior management positions at Procter & Gamble in Brussels, Madrid and Stockholm before becoming the company’s Country Head of Portugal in 2000.
A respected marketer and hotelier, González has written three books: Living and Working Abroad; How to Live and Work with Portuguese; and How to succeed in doing business the Swedish way.
As a global leader, Federico’s personal mission is to motivate and energize large organizations to be more ambitious – in profitability, purpose and people – through respect for diversity of thoughts, culture, gender, experience and beliefs. González majored in Economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and received a Masters of International Trade and Finance from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Mr. Puneet Chhatwal joined IHCL as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in November, 2017. He is a global professional with over three decades of leadership experience at highly-acclaimed hotel groups in Europe and North America.
Under his leadership, IHCL has embarked on a journey of re-imagination, unveiling its five year business strategy - Aspiration 2022 with a vision to become South Asia’s most iconic and profitable hospitality company. In line with the strategy, the company is on its path to deliver sustainable profitable growth through margin enhancement, scaling of hotels portfolio and refresh of its brandscape and offerings.
Prior to this, Mr. Chhatwal was the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG – Deutsche Hospitality. He was also the Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group – Carlson Hotels Worldwide. Mr. Chhatwal is a graduate of both Delhi University and Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi. He has completed an MBA in Hospitality from ESSEC, Paris and an Advanced Management Program from INSEAD.
Mr. Chhatwal has won awards including the prestigious Carlson Fellowship and was rated as one of Europe’s 20 extraordinary minds in Sales, Marketing and Technology - HSMAI European Awards 2014. He was also the First Alumni included in the ESSEC-IMHI Hall of Honor 2014.
Richard is a journalist and broadcaster. He’s best known as host of The Business Breakfast – a daily radio show heard across the UAE on Dubai Eye 103.8FM. In total he has two decades experience reporting for the likes of Reuters, The Economist, The Financial Times and Bloomberg, in Dubai and London.
Richard is also a director of of Roar, an award-winning interior design firm based in Dubai Design District, which he owns with his architect wife, Pallavi. They live in Dubai with their two sons and two pugs.
Henry Mason is an experienced and sought-after keynote speaker and author of Trend-Driven Innovation. In the past 5 years, Henry has given over 100 keynote presentations in more than 30 countries, speaking alongside thought leaders (from Seth Godin to Steven Johnson), ground-breaking entrepreneurs (from Robin Chase to Eric Schmidt), global figures (from Kofi Annan to Muhammad Yunus) and many, many more. Henry was included in GQ's Most Connected Men in Britain list in 2016.
As SVP of Guest Services at Accor, Ian is the head of customer strategy and responsible for the broad functions of customer acquisition, engagement & experience, loyalty and global partnerships. As part of his role, Ian is heavily involved in the transformation of Accor into a Customer Centric organization using loyalty and partnerships as a catalyst for augmented hospitality.
Ian has extensive global management experience with large multinational organizations and an extensive track record managing multi-cultural teams at senior levels in travel & hospitality, aviation, consulting, retail and media organizations across three continents.
Ian holds an MBA from Queen’s University in Canada and a PhD in Marketing from Cranfield University in the UK. He speaks frequently at loyalty, analytics and customer engagement events worldwide
Lourie Kruger joined RF Capital in August 2018 as Chief Investment Officer MEA. RF Capital is an asset management boutique focussed on real assets globally, bringing an experienced team with a proven track record, providing investors with institutional deal sourcing capabilities and proven delivery strategies.
Prior to RF Capital Lourie was CFO of Kingdom Hotel Investments, responsible for overseeing all the corporate finance activities of the company, including the M&A initiatives, treasury and capital structure programmes.
Mr Kruger has over 18 years banking, real estate and hospitality experience across 35 countries ranging from Asia and the Middle East to Africa and Europe. Prior to joining KHI, he built a career with Standard Bank in South Africa where he was co-founder of the African Real Estate team, a unit responsible for all the banks’ activities across Africa (excl. South Africa) in the commercial property arena.
Mr Kruger holds various professional qualifications as well as degrees in Computer Science, Monetary Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the London Business School. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Mr Kruger is a South African national.
Rudi Jagersbacher was appointed President – Middle East, Africa & Turkey for Hilton in January 2011. He is responsible for all matters across the Middle East, Africa & Turkey where Hilton operates more than 130 hotels and is developing a further 150.
A seasoned hotel management executive, Jagersbacher has extensive experience in various senior roles in EMEA and a solid track record in positively growing the portfolio of Hilton brands and successfully developing stakeholder relations. His earlier career included serving as General Manager of the Langham Hilton and the London Hilton on Park Lane after a brief departure from Hilton as the Assistant General Manager of the Claridges, London and Assistant Manager of the Savoy Hotel, London.
A graduate of Hotel School in Austria, Jagersbacher started his career with Hilton International in 1974. Jagersbacher holds the Decoration of Merit in Gold (Goldenes Verdienstzeichen), one of the fifteen classes of national honours for services to the Republic conferred by the Austrian government for his services to hospitality.
Jagersbacher was also recognised as the region’s most influential hotelier for three years running, ranking number one in the Hotelier Middle East Power 50 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Alison has over 20 years of experience working with the hospitality industry; extensively travelled, she has worked in over 30 countries covering Europe, United States and Middle East/Africa. She has lived and worked in the Middle east for the past 4 years.
Alison comes form a strong financial background, with a BSc in Economics and an ACA Chartered Accountancy Qualification. She started her career with Andersen in the UK and US, moving to PwC in 2001.
Alison moved to the Middle East from PwC in London to help establish and develop PwC’s Middle East Hospitality and Leisure practice into a leader in its field. Her roles were initially as Middle East Hotels Lead, and ultimately as the Middle East Real Estate, Hospitality and Leisure Leader.
Ahmer Naushad has over fifteen years of global experience in real estate and hospitality strategy, investments, and asset management. In his current role as Senior Vice President, he oversees Gencom investments in the Caribbean, Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining Gencom, Ahmer completed successful tenures with prestigious firms including Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners/Trimont Real Estate Advisors, Miral Asset Management, Kingdom Hotels Investment, PKF Consulting, Istithmar World, InterContinental Hotels and Hilton Hotels.
Ahmer has a thorough understanding of major gateway cities and destination leisure markets. He has a hands on appreciation of asset classes including hotels, resorts, branded and unbranded residences/condo hotels, F&B and retail, offices and integrated mixed-use developments.
With core expertise in investment management, he is experienced in all facets of the real estate/hospitality investment cycle, including portfolio and single asset transactions, debt and equity funding, design and development, investment appraisal, asset management, operations and stakeholder management.
A South African national, McLachlan is based at Carlson Rezidor’s Development office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company's dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean. Carlson Rezidor currently has 69 hotels under operation and development in 28 countries in Africa - under either their individual luxury brand Quorvus Collection, upper upscale Radisson Blu brand, upscale lifestyle select Radisson Red brand or their upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand. Andrew's career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager. In December 2006, Andrew joined Carlson Rezidor as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and then Vice President Business Development in January 2009. In May 2016 he became Senior Vice President Business Development and continues to spearhead Carlson Rezidor's growth strategies in this important emerging market through a dedicated development office in Cape Town. Since January 2007 Carlson Rezidor has added 61 hotels to their African portfolio growing from 8 hotels in 5 countries to 69 hotels in 29 countries today. Andrew is married and has two sons.
Karim Cheltout is the Regional Vice President Lodging Development for Marriott International in Africa. He oversees all developments of new hotels and conversions across Marriott’s portfolio of brands throughout the African continent.
Cheltout has over 18 years of experience in hotel real estate development, finance and investments. In his current role, Cheltout is focusing on growing Marriott International's footprint across the African continent, with emphasis on the region's fastest-growing hotel and travel markets. Cheltout joined Marriott International in 2010 as Vice president of Development for Africa.
Prior to joining Marriott International, Cheltout was a Director at Istithmar. In his role he was responsible for origination and acquisitions of hotel and leisure opportunities globally. Prior to that, Cheltout was with Ernst & Young Transactions Real Estate Advisory in the MENA office. Cheltout started his career in hotel operations and consulting. He has advised many hospitality companies, investors and lenders on M&A transactions, strategy and development opportunities within Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Cheltout holds a Masters in Hospitality Administration from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, in Switzerland.
After completing my degree in International Politics, I took off to realise my lifelong dream of exploring the natural, cultural and the most exciting corners of the planet. I moved from Toronto to Shanghai, China where my adventures began.
Over the years I transformed myself from an award winning photographer into a producer, television presenter, author and a public speaker. I enhanced my storytelling abilities to make television programs that showed how incredible our world is. I founded Ryan Pyle Productions with the launch of Tough Rides and Extreme Treks, both of which are adventure TV shows that document some of the most epic motorcycle riding (Tough Rides) and trekking and climbing (Extreme Treks) locations around the world. Key Broadcast Partners are: BBC Earth, Discovery Channel, Amazon Prime.
Aside to this, Ryan Pyle Productions is also a full service film and television services company working with Tourism Bureaus and Corporate partners to document, create and share experience based content. I am also a Columnist for the South China Morning Post. Previously I was a regular contributor to some the major international publications, such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spiegel, and the Sunday Times Magazine. Website: www.ryanpyle.com / Instagram: @ryanpyle
Mark Arnall worked in F1 for 24 years as Fitness Trainer and Physio working with two World Champion drivers, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen. During this period Mark has worked for McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo.
Robin Rossmann is Managing Director of STR, leading its operations across the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Central and South America regions. Robin is focused on continuing to improve the way STR provides the hotel industry with robust and insightful performance benchmarking that enables stakeholders to make better decisions. Prior to STR, Robin was a Senior Director in Deloitte’s Global Hospitality Advisory Team in London. During his 13 years with Deloitte, he advised leading hotel brands, operators, investors and lenders in most major global markets. His wide range of experience includes advising on hotel strategy, business planning, investment appraisal, market reviews, financial and commercial due diligence, IPOs, debt advisory, valuation, financial assurance, controls improvement and risk management.
Hala Matar Choufany is the President for HVS Middle East, Africa & South Asia and Managing Partner of HVS Dubai.
Hala is an experienced Managing Partner and Hospitality Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Skilled in Contract Negotiation, Feasibility Studies, Development Recommendation, Valuation, Asset Management, and Strategic Advisory; she has advised on more than 2,500 hospitality and mixed-use projects in the last 15 years across Europe, MEA and Asia. Hala has in-depth expertise in regional hotel markets and a broad exposure to international markets and maintains excellent contacts with developers, owners, operators, investment institutions and government entities. Hala speaks frequently at investment coneferences on a range of topics including asset valuation, management issues and women leadership.
Hala completed Executive Education at Harvard Business School. She also holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from IMHI (Essec- Cornell) University, Paris, France and a BA in Hospitality Management from Notre Dame University, Lebanon. Hala is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Hala is a board member of Harvard Business School club of the GCC and is a mum of three. Born in Beirut, Hala lived and worked in a number of cities across Europe, Asia and Middle East.
With 30 years of experience in interior design, Mr. Merieau has honed his skills from the foundations of interior craftsmanship rising to the ranks of senior management. After an early education in hotel administration, he obtained a degree in Interior Design in 1989 and later qualified as Interior Architect in Geneva, Switzerland. Christian Merieau relocated in Dubai 2005 as Managing Director for well know international design firm. After nearly 20 years with this firm designing projects for international hotel operators, he launched in 2013 MMAC Design Associates, an Award winning interior design consultancy agency based in Dubai, specialized in mid-scale & luxury hospitality design. Mr. Merieau was listed on several occasion as one of the most influential designer in the Middle East by Commercial Interior Design magazine and is a regular speaker at international design & hospitality conferences.
Jumeirah Group, is a global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of 24 properties (6,747 keys) in eight countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia with 10 properties currently under construction around the globe. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are employing more than 13,500 colleagues from across 140 nationalities.
In 2018, Jumeirah entered a phase of accelerated growth under the leadership of its CEO, José Silva. Jumeirah has seen unparalleled success in Dubai and regionally, and will build upon this expertise as it expands internationally.
Accor is a world-leading
augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in almost
4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. With an unrivalled
portfolio of brands from luxury to economy, Accor has been providing
hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years.
Beyond accommodations, Accor enables new ways to live, work, and play with Food & Beverage, nightlife, wellbeing, and co-working brands. To drive business performance, Accor’s portfolio of business accelerators amplifies hospitality distribution, operations, and experiences. Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs.
Accor is deeply committed to sustainable value creation, and plays an active role in giving back to planet and community. Planet 21 – Acting Here endeavours to act for “positive hospitality”, while Accor Solidarity, the endowment fund, empowers disadvantaged people through professional training and access to employment.
Al Hokair Group JSC is a subsidiary of Abdulmohsen Al Hokair Holding, focusing on hospitality, entertainment and commercial development in Saudi Arabia.
The portfolio of interests includes over 40 hotels, making it the largest hotels owner and operator in the Kingdom, featuring different business models associated with world-renowned international hotel brands, i.e IHG, Hilton, Marriott, Accor, Radisson and Louvre. It also owns and operates over 100 family entertainment centres and theme parks, restaurant franchises, 4 commercial centres and a hospitality Institute.
Counting over 3500 employees, the Group plays a leading role in the hospitality, tourism, entertainment and catering industries in the region.
As of June 2014, Al Hokair Group was listed and traded at the Saudi Stock Exchange- TADAWUL.
Dur Hospitality is Saudi a publicly-listed company that specialises in developing, operating and managing hospitality and residential projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Established in 1976, with a vision to develop the country’s hospitality sector to world-class standards, the company is considered an industry pioneer and leader, and today, manages a 2.5 billion SAR portfolio of 20 completed projects, with 20 more under development worth another 2.4 billion Saudi Riyals. Upcoming projects span hospitality and residential projects in major and emerging cities Kingdom wide.
Dur Hospitality encompasses 3 specialised local brands which include Makarem, Dur Communities and Darraq, all of which deliver specialised hospitality services catering to diverse needs. The company has also maintained a long-standing and successful partnership with international pioneers in the industry such as Marriott International and Intercontinental Hotels Group.
A legacy UAE brand, JA Resorts & Hotels was born in 1981 and has a widely recognised reputation for excellence, in the management and operation of award-winning resorts and hotels. Taking its name from the original Jebel Ali (JA) Beach hotel, JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio now features 9 distinct properties across the UAE and Indian Ocean, each dedicated to curating unique experiences and creating unforgettable memories. Tropical escapes include JA Manafaru, the idyllic luxury island resort in pristine, lagoon ringed Haa Alifu Atoll, at the northern tip of the Maldives and JA Enchanted Island Resort, an ultra-luxurious hideaway of 10 exquisite villas on a private island, in the middle of the protected Saint Anne Marine Park. Within the UAE, guests can choose from the five-star JA Ocean View Hotel, as well as the deluxe hotel apartments of JA Oasis Beach Tower, both located along ‘The Walk’ in Jumeirah Beach Residence. Other attractive options include the acclaimed JA The Resort - Dubai’s largest experience resort, with 1 million square metres of thrilling activities and 3 unique hotels offering 795 suites and rooms between them– the award-winning JA Beach Hotel, JA Palm Tree Court and JA Lakeview Hotel, a stunning new Golf Course adjacent property opened in September 2019. The JA Hatta Fort Hotel is Dubai’s only mountain resort, a secluded getaway amidst the stunning Hajar Mountains landscape. The Manor by JA is the latest addition to the portfolio, a 247 key corporate hotel located in Al Furjan, Dubai and set to open in January 2020. JA Resorts & Hotels is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together more than 35 brands with over 570 hotels in 78 countries.
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Marjan is the master-developer of freehold property in Ras Al Khaimah, the GCC Tourism Capital, responsible for path-breaking developments aimed at positioning Ras Al Khaimah as one of the region’s leading tourism and investment destinations.
Mandated with developing waterfront, urban and mountain destinations that will add to the competitiveness of the emirate, Marjan’s strategic master-planning approach is to leverage Ras Al Khaimah’s natural assets and lay the foundations of the emirate’s future expansions.
Through its world-class master-planned communities in Ras Al Khaimah, Marjan attracts foreign investment as well as international visitors, and positions the emirate as a strong investment and tourism hub. Marjan’s flagship development, Al Marjan Island, is the host venue of the famed Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Gala, which has set five GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles for the for the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’ (both in 2020); the 'Longest chain of fireworks' and the 'Longest straight line of fireworks' (2019) and the 'Largest aerial firework shell' (2018).Visit website
Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hotel groups with seven distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world. Radisson Hotel Group portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson.
Radisson Rewards is our global rewards program that delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments that matter to our guests. Radisson Rewards offers exceptional loyalty benefits for our guests, meeting planners, travel agents and business partners.
Radisson Meetings places its guests and their needs at the heart of its offer and treats every meeting or event as more than just a date on the calendar. Radisson Meetings is built around three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering on the brilliant basics and our signature Yes I Can! service spirit and being uniquely 100% Carbon Neutral.
More than 95,000 global team members work for Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems.
For more information, visit: www.radissonhotelgroup.com
Emaar Hospitality Group LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, the Dubai-based global property developer, and manages Emaar’s hospitality and leisure projects globally, since the groups inception in 2007.
Defining its proficiencies in operating mixed-use property developments, Emaar Hospitality Group established their reputation managing a diversified portfolio of assets including hotels, serviced residences, golf clubs, a polo club, yacht club and lifestyle dining restaurants.
Flagship brands owned and managed within their ever growing portfolio include; Address Hotels + Resorts, a premium luxury hotel and residences brand; Vida Hotels and Resorts, an upscale lifestyle hotel and residences brand; and Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale brand a joint venture of Emaar Properties with Meraas.
Emaar Hospitality Group continued growth strategy see the brand expand its portfolio into international markets with projects already announced in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Turkey. With long terms plans further afield, which see the group’s ambition to see their brands in key gateway cities and tourist destinations within Europe, Middle East, India and China.
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts , Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®, Atwell Suites™, and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,900 hotels and approximately 884,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.
Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media and follow us on social media at: https://twitter.com/ihgcorporate, www.facebook.com/ihgcorporate and www.linkedin.com/company/intercontinental-hotels-group.
Marriott International encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,900 properties spanning 130 countries and territories. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute PortfolioTM, Design HotelsTM, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy® Hotels, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott BonvoyTM , replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®.Visit website
Millennium Hotels & Resorts plc is a dynamic, global hotel company, which owns, asset manages and/or operates over 130 hotels worldwide. With almost 40,000 rooms worldwide, the company is present on all continents with a portfolio of brands which serve different market segments, representing quality and value in every class.
From a single property in Abu Dhabi, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa has expanded into various neighbouring destinations and is now recognised as one of the fastest growing regional hotel management companies in the Middle East & Africa. Along the way, the company has cultivated partnerships with reputable and respected owners. Millennium Hotels & Resorts currently operates 40 hotels, has 14 hotels due to open within the year and 35 hotels in the pipeline across the region.
For more information, please visit www.millenniumhotels.com
Taiba Investments (Taiba) is a public joint-stock company listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange “Tadawul” (TDWL). Established in 1988, the Company, which is Headquartered in Madinah Saudi Arabia, manages a portfolio of diversified investments and has a distinguished history of investing in and developing iconic real estate holdings in Madinah and throughout Saudi Arabia. Taiba, which has a substantial land bank, has evolved to become one of the largest real estate developers in Saudi Arabia, known for its commercial and hotel projects located in prime locations in Central Madinah. Current Key developments includes the Taiba Residential and Commercial Center and Al-Majeedi hotel and Commercial Center, which is the first and largest shopping complex in Central Madinah, as well as Al Aqeeq and Taiba Millennium hotels and other future prominent real estate projects in Madinah, Riyadh and Jeddah.
The Company is a key supporter of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 in particular Taiba is backing the Kingdom’s economic diversification by facilitating growth and development of public service sectors such as hospitality and tourism.
AlKamal International is one of the most prominent design-build contractors in Saudi Arabia. Some of our most notable projects include the Sheraton Makkah Jabal AlKaaba, Hilton Makkah Hotel & Towers, Al Marwa Rayhaan Makkah by Rotana, the Jabal Omar Hilton Suites, and Marriott hotels.
The company was founded in 2006 with a special focus on hospitality construction. Our activities include interior design and fit-out, FF&E, MEP, information technology, civil and structural works.
AlKamal International is well-known as an innovator in the field, as we continuously provide outstandingly customized solutions to fulfill our clients’ needs. Our vision is to continue executing perfect turnkey design-build work in record time and on budget, to successfully meet our client’s objectives and ROI from the executed projects.Visit website
Companies under the trading name of Colliers International are global leaders in commercial real estate services, with over 15,400 professionals in 69 countries. Colliers International delivers a full range of services worldwide that includes: valuations, consulting, appraisals, asset management, project management and research, within the residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, infrastructure sector, public private partnership and economic and industrial free zones. In MENA, Colliers International has provided leading advisory services through its regional offices located in Riyadh, Jeddah, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi since 1996. The latest annual real estate survey by Euromoney named Colliers International ‘Best Advisor’ in the MENA region, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt.
With a multi-lingual team of real estate professionals, Colliers International prides itself on its ability to offer a truly in-depth professional service. The company offers a range of real estate services across the entire MENA region, including:
- Brokerage Sales & Leasing
- Corporate Solutions | Commercial Agency
- Development Solutions
- Education Services
- Healthcare Services
- Hotel Services
- Project Management
- Real Estate Management Services
- Retail Advisory Services
- Valuation Real Estate | Plant & Machinery
As an international player, Drees & Sommer has been supporting public and private sector owners and investors in all aspects of real estate for almost 50 years. The company’s 3,200 employees, in 40 locations around the world, work in inter-disciplinary teams to provide support for clients from a wide variety of sectors. All the services provided by the partner-run company take into consideration both economic and ecological elements.
The Drees & Sommer Hospitality Division consists of an international network of experienced professionals in the fields of hospitality design, consultancy, construction, technology, engineering, project and asset performance management. Combining local market knowledge with a fully integrated global platform, an entrepreneurial attitude and extensive industry experience, Drees & Sommer’s Hospitality team supports clients’ objectives at every stage of the project and property life cycle.
Distance Studio Consultants “DSC” is a multidisciplinary consultancy firm that offers Project Management, Design, Construction Management and Supervision for all disciplines; Master planning, Architecture, Structure, MEP, Interior Design, Landscape and Infrastructure. With more than 370 professional we have delivered more than 750 projects in more than 12 countries. DSC has 5 main branches in the Middle East; Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab of Emirates, Sultanate of Oman and Qatar. DSC has been ranked this year as 188 from the top 225 International Design Firms and from the Top 15 International Design Firms in the Mixed-use Sector according to the Engineering News Record. As well, we have been chosen last year by MEED as the Architecture Firm of the year in the Gulf Region. Moreover, this year we have been selected by Luxury Lifestyle as one of the Top Architecture and Interior Design Firms in Egypt. As well, this year we have been chosen by MEED from the Top 6 Multi-disciplinary Consultant Firm of the year in the Gulf Region.Visit website
Founded in 1989, we are a consultancy firm, delivering FF&E and OS&E procurement management services to hotels all around the world. Our mission is to bring a hoteliers dream to life and be part of the global growth of the hospitality sector. We have a simple 4 step process: Planning, Procurement, Logistics, Handover. We are with you every step of the way, from take off to handover.
We learn your needs, build the strategy and drive the process. Every project we work on has a dedicated Director, Manager and Coordinator to oversee the entire process. With access to a worldwide database of suppliers and manufacturers, what you are looking for is in the palm of our hands.Visit website
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 6,000 properties with more than 954,000 rooms, in 117 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, nearly 99 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.Visit website
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries, bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality, Vivanta with its collection of sophisticated upscale hotels, and Ginger which is revolutionizing the lean luxury segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL operates 170 hotels including 25 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations.
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is amongst South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.
Please visit www.tajhotels.com; www.gingerhotels.com
Insignia Worldwide is a brand experience, growth and transformation agency.
We develop brands, assets, systems, experiences and initiatives based on strategic insights and creativity, fostering growth and distinction for brands within the experience economy.
We provide strategic consultancy services including core brand strategy, positioning, brand experience mapping, market activation and stakeholder engagement initiatives.
We conceptualize and design powerful brands and develop communication assets and experiences, allowing brands to create defensible differentiation for themselves.
We design online, digital and social media assets for brands and manage communication and engagement programmes to build brand engagement, drive demand and promote advocacy.
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JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specialises in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 93,000 as of 30th September 2019. JLL is the brand name and a registered trademark of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.
Across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), JLL is a leading player in the real estate and hospitality services markets. The firm has worked in 35 countries across the region and employs over 900 internationally qualified professionals across its offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar, Cairo, Casablanca and Johannesburg.
Knight Frank is synonymous with prime commercial and residential property, market knowledge, personal client service and professionalism.
Our reputation for uncompromising professionalism in everything we do is earned day in and day out serving our clients and earning their trust. Knight Frank has grown to become the world’s largest privately owned global property agency and consultancy.
Today it is widely regarded throughout the world as the firm of choice for high quality commercial and residential property.
Operating as a Limited Liability Partnership, the firm’s Proprietary Partners are free to run the business in such a way that has led to sustained success and a corporate culture that helps it recruit and retain the best people who are the essence of the firm.
The services we offer:
Advisory Services: Valuation & Advisory, Development & Consultancy, Education Consultancy, Healthcare Consultancy, Hospitality & Leisure Consultancy, Research.
Transactional Services: UK Residential Sales, Residential Sales – MENA, Residential Sales – International, Office Agency Leasing (OSCA), Logistics & Industrial, Middle East Capital Markets, Global Capital Markets.
Louvre Hotels Group is a major player in the global hospitality industry, with a portfolio that now includes 2,500 hotels in 54 countries.
It has a full hotel offering, spanning 1 star to 5 stars, with the Louvre Hotels Group’s historic brands (Première Classe, Kyriad, Campanile, Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip, Royal Tulip), the 5 brands of the Sarovar network in India, the French Group Hôtels and Préférence and Chinese brand Metropolo. Louvre Hotels Group is a subsidiary of Jin Jiang International Holdings Co., Ltd., the 5th hospitality group in the world.
Oakwood (www.oakwood.com), wholly owned by Mapletree Investments, is the global leader in serviced apartments and corporate housing management, with an exclusive and growing portfolio throughout EMEA, APAC and the Americas.
Oakwood is a strong, trusted brand – synonymous with best-in-class guest experience and exceptional financial performance. Our flags range from the stylish luxury of Oakwood Premier; to the modern and efficient Oakwood Hotel & Apartments; Oakwood Residence for families; and Oakwood Studios for urban explorers.
Globally, Oakwood manages serviced apartment assets valued at more than US$3.9 billion, in service to prestigious Developers, Owners, REITs, private equity and sovereign wealth funds.
OBMI is a global architecture and master planning firm widely celebrated for the design of distinctive high-end resorts and hotels, bespoke residences, and engaging urban areas. Since 1936, our mission has been to collaborate with clients to transform their visions into three-dimensional forms that are authentic, unique, and incomparably marketable. Through several global design studios, OBMI offers a boutique business approach to create experientially memorable, environmentally responsible, and financially successful destinations. Our success over the past eight decades an impressive portfolio of luxury hotel projects has allowed us to become trusted advisors to the most prominent and celebrated international hospitality brands.Visit website
RAK Hospitality Holding (RAKHH) is an integrated hospitality asset owner and manager. The company was established in 2014, with a purpose of becoming a leading integrated, hospitality sector-focused asset owner and manager.
RAKHH seeks to position itself as:
An inward investor: Continue to invest in hotels and resorts across multiple market segments in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, leveraging the ‘Ras Al Khaimah opportunity’.
An outward investor: Invest in hospitality, leisure, logistics and advisory services ventures, inside and outside the borders of Ras Al Khaimah.
RAKHH’s unique advantage lies in its premium portfolio and disciplined approach to hospitality investments. Focused on maximizing returns and unlocking value to investors, RAKHH forged strategic and long-term relationships with global hotel operators and global restaurant chains. Comprising of highly experienced professionals with deep, sector-focused, local and global knowledge, strong relationships and access to global industry players, RAKHH employs a team that is highly agile and uses resources wisely to adapt to an ever-changing environment.
RAKHH has built strong asset management capabilities to assist with strategic decisions aimed at maximizing value for each individual asset. RAKHH is deeply rooted in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and is the undisputed leader within its hospitality sector. Executives and the management team work closely with all of the Emirate’s stakeholders to write the story of Ras Al Khaimah’s next 10 years of growth.
In 1998, Ròya opened the doors as a Hospitality and Leisure Consultant.
We’ve been providing specialist services and expertise ever since to the hospitality, leisure, tourism, food|beverage and real estate industries.
Although best known for our portfolio of work on iconic MENA properties, we expanded to include major projects on a global basis and added our affiliate company RPM - project managers with a broad portfolio of large and small projects managed from concept to turnkey delivery.
During our 20 years of development advisory, we have worked on more than USD 60 Bn. in project value and now carefully oversee more than 50 hotels valued above USD 8 Bn. in client portfolio assets.
Today, we’ve completed projects in more than 35 countries, signed more than 120 hotel management agreements and introduced more than 15 new brands to the region.Visit website
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment.
Shaza Hotels is an international hotel management company comprising of two unique brands: Shaza in the luxury segment, and Mysk in the upscale segment. The brands are characterised by their dedication to offering true Arabian hospitality inspired by the traditions and cultures of the Silk Route and reflected by a contemporary Middle Eastern style décor and serene ambiance that is appreciated by the most discerning travellers. Shaza is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA).
SSH is one of the leading master planning, infrastructure, building design and construction supervision firms in the Middle East, with a reputation for design integrity and a portfolio that includes landmark projects throughout the region. The firm maintains offices in Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Bahrain, Dubai, Iraq, Kuwait, London, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
Founded in 1961, we employ approximately 1,400 high-calibre local, regional and international experts in their individual fields, most of whom are from globally renowned international consultancy firms. We have been ranked number one architecture consultancy in the Middle East, among the top 100 architects in the world, in Building Design magazine’s World Architecture 100 Survey in 2018 and 2019.
We were also ranked in 91st place among ENR’s Top 225 International Design Firms for 2018.
SSH's multifaceted practices include architecture, urban design and planning, landscape architecture, structural and civil engineering, MEP/building services, interior design, highway and bridge engineering, stormwater drainage, utility design, sanitary engineering, marine engineering and district cooling, in addition to high-profile project management and construction supervision services.
STR is the source for premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights. We provide data that is reliable, confidential, accurate and actionable, and our comprehensive solutions empower our clients to strategize and compete within their markets. Our range of products includes data-driven solutions, thorough analytics and unrivalled marketplace insights, all built to fuel business growth and help our clients make better operational and financial decisions. STR is continuously working to enhance our product offerings while shaping the future of industries. We maintain a presence in 15 countries, and collect data for over 67,000 hotels across 180 countries.Visit website
The Red Sea Development Company (www.theredsea.sa) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. The Red Sea Development Company was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, an ultra-luxury tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.
The project will be developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine land on Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands and lagoons. The destination also features mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, desert vistas and ancient cultural and heritage sites. The first phase of the development is planned to open in 2022 and will include hotels, unique attractions, residential properties, a marina, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities and all supporting infrastructure.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the largest hotel franchising Company in the world, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. Through its network of approximately 790,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveller, Wyndham commands a leading presence in both the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, La Quinta®, Hawthorn Suites®, The Trademark Collection® and Wyndham®. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 400 properties under management. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards® loyalty programme offers more than 56 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, condominiums and holiday homes globally. For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.Visit website
Al Tamimi & Company is the largest law firm in the Middle East with over 350 lawyers across 17 offices in 9 countries and unrivalled experience having operated in the region for nearly 30 years. As a full-service firm, we specialise in advising and supporting major international corporations, banks and financial institutions, government organisations and local, regional and international companies. Our lawyers combine international experience with expert regional knowledge and understanding.
Our regional Hotels & Leisure practice is core to our firm and our clients. Established in 2009, it comprises over 20 lawyers throughout our network of offices, who have extensive expertise and knowledge of the industry. We advise hotel owners, developers, operators, investors and other stakeholders on all matters relevant to their interests within the industry. We provide a turnkey service from acquisition, construction & development, structuring, financing, operator appointment, disposal, disputes, together with Hotel funds and REITS.
HVS is the only global consulting firm focused exclusively on the hospitality industry. Established in 1980, the company performs more than 5,000 assignments each year for hotel and real estate owners, operators and developers worldwide. HVS principals are regarded as the leading experts in their respective regions of the globe. Through a network of more than 40 offices and more than 350 professionals, HVS provides an unparalleled range of complementary services for the hospitality industry.
HVS provides you with comprehensive solution through its single-minded focus: helping you succeed in the complex hospitality arena through our global reach and in-depth understanding of the local market. Whether you’re a first-time investor looking to buy one hotel, an experienced developer putting together a complex deal, an owner looking to improve your hotel’s cash flow or value, a financial firm evaluating an asset, a developer looking to hire an operator, we can help you every step of the way to succeed in the complex hospitality arena.
MMAC | OPECO is has is a partnership between two hotel specialist dedicated to deliver holistic construction services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They are solution-minded creative studios providing interior design, project management, quantity surveying services to international hotel chains and independent owners. They provide customized design solutions to their clients that incorporate their vision, embodies the local culture & respect the regional context while fulfilling the hotel's brand positioning and operational requirements.
MMAC is an Award winning interior design agency based in the UAE that specializes in luxury, up-scale and upper mid-scale hotel & restaurant design. With decades of hospitality experience, its team has developed more than sixty hotel concepts for all the leading international hospitality chains in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. The firm's hospitality expertise is fully expressed through its ability to consistently produce powerful and original designs while delivering projects on-time and within budget.
OPECO is a KSA based independent team of highly experienced project and procurement managers focused on the planning, construction and delivery of new build and project recovery solutions to hospitality owners, developers and operators around the Middle East. Since its Inception, it has grown to become one of the leading consultancies in the region with an exclusive focus on the project and procurement management of hotel construction and fit-out projects.
PwC is a network of firms with more than 276,000 people operating in 157 countries across the globe, making us the largest professional services provider in the world.
We are committed to delivering quality services in Assurance, Tax and Advisory (which includes our Consulting, Deals and Strategy& practices). In doing so we help to build trust in society, enable our clients to make the most of opportunities and solve important business problems.
We work with an extremely diverse range of clients, from private individuals and family owned businesses, to government organizations, right through to the world’s most iconic brands. We provide services to 429 of the Fortune Global 500 companies and 443 of the FT Global 500 companies.
Established in the Middle East for 40 years, PwC is the largest professional services firm in the region with 22 offices across 12 countries and around 5,600 people.
Find out more at www.pwc.com/me.Visit website
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Group is Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group. Owning and/or managing over 100 hotels and resorts in Asia, North America, the Middle East and Europe with a room inventory of over 40,000. The Group has new developments in Australia, Bahrain, Cambodia and Saudi Arabia among others.Visit website
Started in 2005, Timesworld is a leading provider of data management, market research, analytics and business intelligence solutions. Their core services include data research and analysis, database management, new technology induction, identification of innovative pathways in business processes, market research, systems integration, data compliance, applications development for web and mobile.
Timesworld has been a pioneer in deploying cognitive AI solutions on to existing systems to make them smarter. With a strong commitment and in-depth field-expertise, their consultants and technocrats have delivered prestigious projects to several industry segments, which includes a wide portfolio of digital services to the hospitality industry.
HAMA is a networking organization of approximately 200 professionals representing an estimated 3,200 hotels with over 760,000 rooms. Members are involved in asset management, acquisition, financing and disposition of hotels and resorts, and are directly responsible for making decisions concerning capital investments, renovations, asset repositioning, operational policies and franchise selections.Visit website
The Middle East’s PR and Communications specialist.
Successful communication is essential to doing business. It creates connections, enables trust, manages success and influences the perception of your business.
As regional communications experts in the unique multilingual, multicultural environment of the Middle East, we specialise in getting your message across - clearly and successfully, through our proven combination of local knowledge and international experience.
However you are looking to reach your customers, we have the tools, knowledge and experience to create, sharpen, evolve and implement your vision - helping you achieve your goals.Visit website
Breaking Travel News is the leading online resource for travel industry executives from around the world. From market intelligence, trend analysis and breaking news, to exclusive interviews, insightful features and perceptive videos, the site provides all the information insiders need to keep their fingers on the travel pulse.
The site ranks as one of the leading European business-to-business travel portals, attracting over 10,000 industry executives daily.
Readership includes senior thought leaders from across the travel industry, including tour operators, travel agents, airline reservation agencies, incentive houses, and events & meetings organisers, as well as the very consumers that keep the wheels of our industry in constant motion.
There are over 210,000 registered members who receive a daily Breaking Travel News Newsletter.
Unlike many travel industry newsletters and websites, our audience is truly global, reaching readers from Asia-Pacific and Australasia to Europe and South America.
The Breaking Travel News readership is robust, international and growing.Visit website
eHotelier.com is the worlds largest online hospitality portal, currently serving over 200,000 hospitality professionals from 196 countries around the globe.
A progressive and innovative digital business, eHotelier provides continuous and invaluable professional development to industry professionals through online learning, career development, reference materials and collaboration. We provide the ability for anybody in the hospitality industry from Student to CEO, to learn from the worlds best industry experts. eHotelier has learning materials created by specialists from some of the best associations and institutions around the world. Courses are specifically created under the guidance and endorsement of leading industry educators, and recognised globally.
Learn at your own pace online from any mobile or web device worldwide. With currently over 130 courses available, never stop learning and unlock your full potential to continue watching your hospitality career grow.
Globally industry leaders are relying on eHotelier to grow their careers, their teams and their businesses. Join an impressive alumni and network with other likeminded industry professionals all passionate about developing their careers.
Join today and take the next step in your career.
Hospitality Net, powered by Hsyndicate, is the #1 ranked website for the global hospitality community. Recognized as the most influential industry trade publication, Hospitality Net attracts the largest number of unique visitors, page views and targeted subscribers through its unparalleled network of sites and partners. Since its inception in 1999, Hospitality Net has been regarded as the most trusted source for industry leaders and experts to connect, share, and learn. Content is distributed to a network of partner sites and associations including HFTP, HSMAI, and HITEC, and supports all facets of the business including opinion articles, press releases, appointments, events, job openings, webinars, reports, sponsored content, and digital advertising. Hospitality Net has the most innovative publishing and distribution technology, as well as robust reporting capabilities to ensure clients can maximize their marketing ROI and measure their success. To learn more visit hospitalitynet.orgVisit website
Hospitality News Middle East is a bimonthly
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