Middle East hospitality leaders honored at FHS Awards

Middle East hospitality leaders honored at FHS Awards

Two of the Middle East and Africa’s most respected, influential leaders in the hospitality sector were honored at the Future Hospitality Summit (FHS) on September 27.

The FHS Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Amine E. Moukarzel, president, Golden Tulip – MENA/Louvre Hotels Group, and Guido E. De Wilde, hospitality dvisor at Wasl Hospitality, in recognition of their outstanding achievements and unwavering dedication to helping shape the future of hospitality and tourism. The winners were selected by the FHS Advisory Board and key industry peers.
Commenting on his FHS Leadership Award, Moukarzel, said: “I have proudly built up the Louvre Hotels Group portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa, developing, franchising and managing our network, which is second to none. My sincere thanks to our brilliant team and the owners and investors for their continued support and belief in our vision.”
Fellow FHS Leadership Award winner, De Wilde, said: “I have had the pleasure of working in this region for over 20 years and experience the phenomenal growth of the hospitality industry. Working in this highly competitive, dynamic and game-changing market has been and still is a real privilege.”

About the winners

Dr. Amine E. Moukarzel is the founder of Flamingo Hospitality Management and partner of Louvre Hotels Group in MENA. With nearly 40 years in hospitality, he made Louvre the top regional brand and Europe’s second-largest hospitality group.
As the president of Golden Tulip MENA/Louvre Hotels Group, Moukarzel manages more than 60 hotels across MENA, Georgia, and Pakistan. Furthermore, he’s an author and contributor to tourism and hospitality literature.
Guido de Wilde’s 35-year career at Marriott International makes him a respected industry veteran. His hospitality journey started in 1983 at ITT Sheraton. He subsequently rose through the ranks and took on management roles at Starwood and Marriott. His profound understanding of hospitality evolved through international experience in Bahrain, Morocco, Germany, Belgium and Portugal. In 2006, as senior VP and regional director at Starwood, he was instrumental in the company’s regional success. After Marriott International acquired Starwood in 2016, he assumed the role of COO for the Middle East.


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Rita Ghantous

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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