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.
Jean-Claude Ghosn, the man behind Ghia Holding — a brand which counts Abd el Wahab, DUO, Ahwak, Fabrk, and El Denye Hek among its F&B concepts — has sadly passed away.
Jean-Claude Ghosn, a well-respected restaurateur who left his mark on the hospitality sector, has died.
With 10 restaurants in Lebanon and 13 abroad (Dubai, Qatar, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UK), Ghosn’s motto in life was: “Perseverance and consistency are the basics of a good restaurant”.
Under his leadership, GHIA Holding successfully innovated its back-of-house system processes in 2019, enabling the brand to reduce its costs and maintain profit margins despite the economic downturn.
Before his passing, Ghosn spoke to Hospitality News Middle East about his plans to innovative delivery and launch more friendly menus, because he believed these were the main F&B trends for 2020. He was also developing more branches of Ahwak and Abd el Wahab outside Lebanon, especially in KSA and Egypt.
The Lebanese F&B sector has lost one of its champions, a kind and inspiring soul who will be deeply missed by all who knew him and worked with him.
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