Getting to know Imad Akil, GM of Centro Mada Amman by Rotana

Getting to know Imad Akil, GM of Centro Mada Amman by Rotana

With over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Imad Akil, GM of Centro Mada Amman by Rotana, has successfully led the opening of multiple hotels in the region. In addition, he has played a pivotal role in supporting Rotana’s head office through various field visits and corporate initiatives. We sat down with the accomplished hotelier to discuss the hotel’s sustainability pledge and how the Jordan’s hospitality sector is evolving.


How would you describe the hospitality sector in Jordan?

With over 100,000 archaeological, religious and historic sites, including Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum, Jordan is a popular tourism destination. Indeed, 19.8 percent of the country’s GDP is generated by its tourism activities, with an average of 20 percent over the past decade. The culture of hospitality and generosity is deeply rooted.

How is Centro Mada Amman by Rotana able to stand out in a competitive market?

Centro Hotels by Rotana are designed to offer guests a unique and personalized experience. These hotels address the needs and desires of a new generation of budget-conscious, executive travelers who do not wish to compromise on style and quality. Centro is a contemporary brand that redefines the traditional concept of standardized accommodations and services. In the market, we are seen as young and fresh, strategically located in the heart of the city and dedicated to providing essential services that align with the dynamic lifestyles of modern travelers.

How important is sustainability for the hotel?

Sustainability ranks as one of our top priorities, and we demonstrate our commitment through various daily practices and activities aimed at waste management, water conservation, energy efficiency and responsible consumption of materials. Under Rotana Earth, our company’s CSR program, we’ve embraced best practices, organized events in support of sustainability and positioned Centro Mada as a green hotel on the map. Some notable initiatives include powering our hotel entirely with solar energy, transforming our meeting spaces into eco-friendly environments, establishing an on-site chef’s garden for local produce, implementing motion-sensitive lighting and energy-efficient LED bulbs, installing water aerators, providing recycling bins for waste segregation, utilizing eco-friendly materials and encouraging and educating our guests to participate in activities that promote a clean and safe environment.

How is the hotel engaging with the local community?

We support the local community by helping to provide medication to patients with cerebral palsy, hosting activities at the SOS orphanage village and cleaning up the neighborhood, as well as organizing blood and clothes donation drives. We highlight colleagues’ successes, recognize their efforts and provide a healthy atmosphere in the workplace. In addition, we make sure to include people of different backgrounds and diversity in the workforce, such as people with Down’s syndrome.
Lastly, we look after the cats, birds and other animals within the hotel grounds and support animal welfare organizations.
Overall, we have positively impacted hundreds of lives and continue to partner with groups that support local communities.


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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.

  • Hassan Afzal#1

    Mr. Imad Akhil is a tremendous person, I was lucky that I had an opportunity to work with him in Centro Barsha by Rotana hotel, I would must say that Iam so proud to be led forward by a person who is not only industry-renowned but is also an amazing boss. I can only hope to be half of the person that you are someday. It is a privilege to work under your leadership. Thank you!


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