Citymax Hotels, the Landmark Group’s award-winning mid-market hotel brand, has appointed Nidal Saloum as hotel manager of its flagship 204-room property in Ras Al Khaimah. Saloum will also manage operations at two Citymax properties located in Aswan, Egypt.
Speaking about his new role, he said: “Strengthening the visibility, reputation and market reach of Citymax within Ras Al Khaimah and beyond remains a top priority. Moreover, the team and I will work together on various soft touches that will ultimately improve the guest experience journey and create not only long-lasting impressions but also ensure loyalty and repeat business, which is our hallmark.”
A well-rounded hospitality professional, with 15 years of experience at some of the region’s most highly regarded hotel brands, Saloum is looking forward to leading the property, which has successfully established a niche in the busy and vibrant East Coast hospitality space.
A healthy rate of occupancy and participation in unique initiatives, like Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority’s RAKation summer campaign, put the hotel in a strong position. Indeed, Saloum expects it to be a landmark summer for Citymax Ras Al Khaimah.
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.
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