Barceló Hotel Group appointed José Canals as the new managing director for the Middle East and Asia. Canals was already responsible for the Mediterranean and North Africa regions, and he will now spearhead the expansion of the Spanish group’s presence in the Middle East, East Africa and Asia.
Canals has been one of the top executives at Barceló Hotel Group for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience in leading expansion plans for the Spanish hotel chain internationally. The hotelier’s leadership and contribution have resulted in Barceló Hotel Group becoming the largest Spanish hotel chain in the MENA region.
Barceló Hotel Group brings a legacy of 90 years of expertise in the hospitality industry, currently operating 262 hotels in 22 countries worldwide. The group recently celebrated the opening of a four-star property in Dubai.
Barceló’s current UAE portfolio showcases five hotels and 1,600 keys, consisting of Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Barceló Residences Dubai Marina, Occidental Dubai Production City, Occidental Sharjah Grand and Occidental Al Jaddaf, with several project developments in the GCC region in the pipeline.