AMFORHT appoints Abderahman Belgat as its new president

AMFORHT appoints Abderahman Belgat as its new president

During the last general assembly of AMFORHT, which was held on November 11 in Paris, Abderahman Belgat was elected president of the world association for training in hospitality and tourism. He will hold the position for the next four years.

Awarded Knight of the National Order of Merit, Belgat succeeds Philippe François, who was president for 12 years. He brings a wealth of tourism experience to his role.

In a statement, Belgat said: “With AMFORHT, we have a fabulous tool that’s capable of influencing 70 countries: a force that we must use to create a strong mobilization and awareness at all levels in order to meet the challenges ahead. With more exchanges, participations and contacts between the members of the association, we are able to bring innovations in terms of training in order to prepare young people for the digital transition and AI with which they will have to deal tomorrow. Hotel schools and universities exist but need AMFORHT as a bridge to enrich each other and create a favorable environment in order to move forward. They are lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the abundant resources of the association thanks to its presence throughout the world, whether in the fields of perception, reflection, experience or new trends.”

Recognized in 2017 by the UN as an NGO with special consultative status, AMFORHT has 711 members from 63 different countries.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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