Two GMs to lead Mandarin Oriental’s Istanbul and Bodrum properties

Two GMs to lead Mandarin Oriental’s Istanbul and Bodrum properties

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced the appointment of Harun Dursun and Ersev Demiröz as General Manager at Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul and Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, respectively.  

Anticipated to open in Spring 2021, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul will be the Group’s second luxury hotel in Turkey.  Harun Dursun, who has been General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum since 1 May 2018, has been appointed General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul. Ersev Demiröz,  who previously held the title of Hotel Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, has been promoted to General Manager.

After completing his undergraduate studies in Tourism and Hotel Management at Çukurova University in Mersin, Turkey, Dursun went on to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland for his master’s degree in International Hospitality Management where he graduated with honours. 

After playing an integral role in many key hotel openings and renovations in Turkey, Jordan, UK, UAE and Russia, Mr. Dursun joined Mandarin Oriental in 2018 as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum.  His 20-plus years of international management experience contributed to the resort’s fast rise to the top of hospitality ‘Best Of” lists, earning both guest acclaim and award accolades; of note Mr. Dursun was named ‘Best General Manager in Turkey’ by the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2019.

Harun Dursun carries the title of ‘Turkey’s First Official Sommelier’ and is one of the founding members of the Turkish Sommeliers Association. He has served as vice president of the association and represented his country in three European and two world championships.

Ersev Demiröz completed his undergraduate studies in Tourism and Hotel Management at Bilkent University in 1992, with a degree in international hotel management.  Mr. Demiröz has had more than 20 years experience at prestigious hotels around the world, including Four Seasons St. Petersburg, Four Seasons Jakarta, and Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski before joining Mandarin Oriental in 2017.

Known for his strategic and analytic mind and a guest-oriented approach, Ersev Demiröz is a dedicated leader and the ideal selection for this position. He is keen to bring the aforementioned qualities to his new assignment and committed to continuing to further elevate the guest experience at Mandarin Oriental, Bodurm.

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