Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts appoints two new GMs in preparation for the open two more hotels in Dubai this year

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts appoints two new GMs in preparation for the open two more hotels in Dubai this year

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Two new General Managers have joined Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ growing Dubai team as the hospitality firm prepares to open another two properties in the city in 2018.

Maria Lamarche, former hotel manager at Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba, Jordan, has been promoted to GM of Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai and Alfio Bernardino comes on board as GM of Mövenpick’s upcoming hotel in Dubai Media City, moving from his previous role as GM of Radisson Blu Dubai Media City.

The new General Managers will be responsible for leading the pre-opening teams of their respective properties, both of which are due to open this year, growing the hospitality firm’s Dubai portfolio to seven properties strong.

Lamarche’s hospitality career spans more than three decades and several continents having worked for international hospitality names including Starwood, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Millennium & Copthorne, Hilton and Rotana.

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Bernardino has more than 20 years of industry experience in Europe, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean, many of which have been spent working for Carlson Rezidor. A graduate of Cornell University, his move to Mövenpick marks his fourth GM position.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will launch at least two more properties in the UAE over the next few years, growing its portfolio in the country to nine by 2020. The Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay in Dubai is scheduled for completion in 2019, while the company will make its debut in Ras Al Khaimah in 2020 with the opening of Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island.

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