IHG Hotels and Resorts appoints Haitham Mattar as managing director of India and MEA

AFRICA – IHG Hotels & Resorts , one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the appointment of Haitham Mattar as Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA), effective 18 April 2021. Haitham is a well-known industry veteran in the IMEA region, with over 25 years of experience in hospitality and tourism and an outstanding network across the industry. In his new role with IHG, Haitham will take on a broad leadership agenda to drive IHG’s business in the Middle East, Africa, and the South West Asia…

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Hospitality company Jumeirah Group appoints Ermanno Zanini as Regional VP and GM of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

UAE – Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hospitality company, has announced the appointment of Ermanno Zanini as the Regional Vice President and General Manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, its flagship hotel in the United Arab Emirates.  In his new role, Ermanno will oversee all aspects of the global icon’s operations, building on his rich background to further cement the exceptional service that Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is renowned for.  He will lead and support the team in its unwavering dedication to create unforgettable guest experiences, while maintaining oversight for Italy…

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Time Hotels to launch its first two new hotels in Egypt by August

EGYPT – TIME Hotels, the UAE-based hotel company, has announced plans of opening its first two hotels in Egypt later this year – the five-star TIME Coral Resort Nuweiba in the Red Sea resort of Nuweiba and the four-star TIME Marina Hotel & Conference Centre near Al Alamein on the Mediterranean coast. The 130-room TIME Marina Hotel & Conference Centre is situated just ten minutes from New Al Alamein City on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast and can accommodate more than 350 delegates theatre style and also features a rooftop lounge, a…

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Dubai’s Aleph Hospitality inks management deal for three hotels in Kenya

KENYA – Dubai-based hotel management company Aleph Hospitality has signed management contracts for three Kenyan hotels – Boma Nairobi, Boma Inn Nairobi, and Boma Inn Eldoret, fully owned by Red Court Hotel, a subsidiary of Kenya Red Cross Society. As part of the agreement, Aleph Hospitality has pledged financial support to the Kenya Red Cross, by donating a percentage of fees it earns from the hotels to local charitable initiatives. Being managed under Red Court Hotel’s home grown Boma brand until now, Aleph Hospitality will now take over these properties…

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Hemingways Group appoints Ross Evans as new CEO

KENYA – Luxury hotels chain Hemingways Group, has appointed Ross Evans as the new Chief Executive Officer responsible for all management of the Hemingways Group which includes the Hemingways Collection luxury hotel division, Express Travel Group and Hemingways Expeditions effective April 1, 2021. Evans will replace Alastair Addison who will be stepping down as chief executive. Prior to his appointment, Ross Evans had served as the group’s operations director for over five years. “I want to thank Alastair enormously for his valuable contribution to the Group as CEO for the…

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Accor appoints Daniel Karbownik as supervisor for Côte d’Ivoire and GM for Sofitel Abidjan – Hôtel Ivoire

COTE DÍVOIRE – Accor, a French multinational hospitality company, has announced the appointment of Daniel Karbownik, its Regional Director for West and Central Africa, as the supervisor for Côte d’Ivoire and the general management of the Sofitel Abidjan – Hôtel Ivoire. In this extended role, Daniel will supervise activities in Côte d’Ivoire but also in Senegal, Benin, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. He will support the hotel teams on site and ensure the development of all Accor brands, around twenty hotels, present and future in the region. “I am delighted with…

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Transcorp Hotel launches new digital platform Aura, reinforcing its innovation commitment

NIGERIA – Transcorp Hotels Plc, the Africa’s leading hospitality brand, has announced the launch of Aura, a new digital platform through which people can book accommodation, restaurants, and experiences. Aura, which is Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value. The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on…

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Courtyard Hotel Rosebank Johannesburg reopens after refurbishment

SOUTH AFRICA – Courtyard Hotel Rosebank in Johannesburg has refurbished its rooms and reopened to accommodate its first group of guests since its temporary suspension of services at the start of Covid-19 lockdown. With fresh furniture, furnishings and air-conditioning units, the hotel is keen to welcome back guests. The 83-room Courtyard Hotel Rosebank is located in a trendy business and leisure neighbourhood of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, directly opposite the Gautrain Rosebank Station. The hotel guests have easy access to a string of interleading malls and outdoor spaces consisting of The…

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Radisson Hotel Group eyes 30 openings across MEA and Europe in 2021

AFRICA – Radisson Hotel Group has outlined plans to add 30 hotels and over 5,000 rooms to its portfolio across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2021. The openings will include seven properties under the group’s growing Radisson Collection brand in France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, with new locations including Seville and Lyon. Last month the Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo in northern Italy became the latest member of the Radisson Collection, following an extensive renovation project. Radisson Hotel Group opened over 20 properties in the Europe, Middle…

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Radisson Individuals property debuts in Africa, constructs Earl Height Suite Hotel in Ghana

GHANA – Radisson Hotel Group, one of the largest Hotel Groups in the world, has signed a partnership agreement with Earlbeam Group of Companies to construct the Earl Height Suite Hotel, a member of Radisson Individuals, in Accra. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Earlbeam Group of Companies, Godwin Danso Darkwah explained that the reason for this partnership was for the company to stay resilient in the hospitality industry amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Construction of the 58-serviced apartments located at Dzorwulu is ongoing and would be completed by the end…

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