Neil Jacobs’ passion for wellness, sustainability and making travel purposeful led him to Six Senses in 2012. Ever since, his focus has been to elevate the brand in terms of responsible design, green initiatives and wellness programming. Under his leadership, the company has opened resorts in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Jacob’s vision extends beyond a super high-end hotel and spa company. He believes in creating demand through constant innovation, initiatives and programming that are meaningful and tailored to each guest’s health and well-being. Here, the visionary hospitality leader shares his thoughts wellness, sustainability and purposeful, out-of-the-ordinary experiences.
We took time out with Guenter Gebhard, regional vice president and GM of Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center, to get the lowdown on his management style and his role in ensuring the brand’s growth across the kingdom.
Dani Demerjian, cluster general manager of InterContinental Abu Dhabi and InterContinental Residences Abu Dhabi, discusses the hospitality landscape and his plans for the InterContinental Abu Dhabi properties.
Krystel Irani, the passionate, people-driven hospitality leader at the helm of the Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, believes that people are capable of anything once they believe in themselves. In this interview, the talented hotel manager discusses her journey to the top and what she has planned for the property.
Ahmed Galal Ismail is the new CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Holding. He assumes the position from Alain Bejjani, who served in the role for eight years.
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.
Ishraq Hospitality has appointed Richard Haddad as its new chief executive officer, with a focus on driving growth for its vast hotel portfolio and regional expansion.
Swissotel Al Ghurair and Swissotel Living Al Ghurair has appointed Amal El Ansari as general manager to lead the 620-room property. El Ansari aims to deliver strong commercial growth while bringing to life Swissotel’s promise of “Life is a Journey. Live it Well.”
We sat with Jonathan Hilton, CEO of Choice Hotels EMEA, to get the lowdown on Choice Hotels and his role in overseeing the company’s investments across the EMEA region.
With more than 26 years of experience in the hotel industry, having held key positions at InterContinental Hotels Group, Movenpick Hotels and Resorts and Le Royal Hotels and Resorts, Issam Ajouz has been appointed general manager of Hilton Amman. The seasoned hotelier was recently recognized by Hilton’s senior leadership team for delivering exceptional hospitality.