Throughout his impressive career, Maximilian Rauch has held key positions across the hospitality and corporate sectors. In his new role, he will be responsible for Ascott’s portfolio of owners and restaurant operators across the UAE, KSA, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey and Kenya, creating dedicated training programs, implementing customized service solutions and bolstering industry specific partnerships to strengthen the group’s F&B offerings. With his extensive background in culinary management, Rauch tells us how he is planning to elevate Ascott’s F&B offerings.
Lipton has partnered with UAE-based café concept Project Chaiwala to provide exclusive, tailor-made blends from the best tea plantations in the world. The move is the first in a series of collaborations aimed at supporting Lipton’s regional market dominance through the support and uplift of homegrown UAE businesses.
Two new appointments: Duncan O’Rourke CEO of Accor MEAT and Asia-Pacific & Mark Willis CEO of Fairmont
Duncan O’Rourke has been appointed CEO of Accor Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Asia-Pacific. He succeeds Mark Willis, who is Fairmont’s new CEO.
It’s true that East Africa’s travel, tourism and hospitality sectors have experienced numerous ups and downs in recent years. However, there are positive signs of growth, as Thuku Kimani, manager of hotels MENA at Colliers International, points out.
Years of experience in building high-performing teams has led Haitham Mattar to his current position of managing director for India, Middle East and Africa at IHG, as well as his role on the Development Tourism Board of the UAE. We spoke to the transformational hospitality, travel and tourism leader to learn more about his management style and his future plans for the brand.
The Middle East total represented almost a 10 percent year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline.
Dubai-based company capitalizes on the region’s trend towards franchising and meets calls from investors to find innovative ways to maximize operational efficiency.
The agreement for the new hotel comes a month after Rotana signed up for its first property in the Republic of Zambia.