5 minutes with Mark Willis,CEO Accor India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

5 minutes with Mark Willis,CEO Accor India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

Mark Willis
CEO Accor India, Middle East,
Africa & Turkey
all.accor.com

If you were to summarize your career in one sentence, what would you say?
Exciting and ever evolving. Having started in the kitchen as a chef, I have had the privilege of working my way up through a number of departments and roles.

What is your most eagerly anticipated project?
For 2021, Raffles the Palm Dubai, which is scheduled to open in Q3.

How would you describe your leadership style?
Transparency and empowerment are the main traits I like to implement when managing a team. As a leader, you need to trust the teams you have hired and rely on their expertise as you focus on the overarching strategy and look ahead.

What is your motto?
We are in the business of making people smile.
Where does the company stand in terms of its growth trajectory and its strategy for the MENA region?
Overall regional statistics:
Current portfolio:
• 402 hotels
• 86,000+ keys
Hotel openings 2021:
• Total openings IMEA:
– 38 hotels
– 9,000+ keys
• Total Openings Middle East:
– 18 hotels
– 6,000+ keys
MENA portfolio:
• 218 hotels
• 57,000+ keys
MENA pipeline:
• 122 hotels
• 35,000+ keys

UPCOMING PROJECTS IN THE MENA REGION

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