Al Bustan Palace Oman appoints Erkan Karatas as its new general manager

Al Bustan Palace Oman appoints Erkan Karatas as its new general manager

With over two decades of experience in luxury hospitality, Erkan Karatas has been appointed general manager of Al Bustan Palace by Ritz-Carlton Hotel Oman.

 Karatas joined The Ritz-Carlton in 2001 and  hasheld different leadership positions in several luxury hotels across the portfolio of Marriott International, such as The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton Moscow, The Istanbul EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, The Ritz-Carlton Astana and JW Marriott Hotel Ankara. He has a solid track record in overseeing numerous hotel openings, including The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou, The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Bulgari Hotel London and Bulgari Hotel and Residences Dubai.
Karatas returned to Turkey in 2018. He most recently served as general manager of the The St. Regis Istanbul, a position he held from 2019 to 2023. As an advisory board member of Marriott International for EMEA general managers and EMEA F&B, he was listed as one of the 100 Power GMs in The Middle East.
The experienced leader is committed to service and quality, and is passionate about F&B. Indeed, Karatas is a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – Association Mondiale de la Gastronomie and obtained a WSET International Advanced Diploma from London.
Erkan said: “I am truly delighted to join this esteemed property and embark on a remarkable journey with the exceptional team of our Ladies and Gentlemen. With great enthusiasm, I am committed to introducing a series of innovative initiatives that will elevate our guest experience to unprecedented heights. Our shared goal is to redefine luxury and set a new benchmark that will inspire and captivate our discerning guests. I eagerly look forward to the incredible opportunities that lie ahead as we transform The Palace into an unrivaled haven of opulence and excellence.”


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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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