Vipin Khattar becomes multi-property GM of The St. Regis Downtown Dubai & Delta Hotels by Marriott Dubai

Vipin Khattar becomes multi-property GM of The St. Regis Downtown Dubai & Delta Hotels by Marriott Dubai

 The St. Regis Downtown Dubai and Delta Hotels by Marriott, Dubai Investment Park, part of Marriott International, has announced the appointment of Vipin Khattar as the new multi-property general manager. He has taken over from Raja Zeidan, who is now the COO at RDK Group.

Khattar is a passionate hotelier with more than two decades of experience, primarily in the UK, Middle East and Africa. In his new role, he brings a wealth of knowledge to oversee the properties’ operations, cultivate bespoke guest experiences, further enhance its F&B portfolio and improve associate satisfaction, among other responsibilities.

A seasoned leader, Khattar has held various significant and career-defining roles, including the position of general manager at JW Marriott New Delhi. Under his leadership, the hotel reported exceptional performance in 2022, with sequential improvements in RevPAR and record-breaking rooms, restaurant and lounge revenue.

An alumnus of hotel management and catering technology from IHTTI School, Neuchatel, Switzerland, with a specialization in hospitality operations, Khattar is known for his exceptional sales and marketing skills, as well as his effective leadership style.

Commenting on his new appointment, Khattar said: “I am honored to be at the helm of two incredible properties and be part of the Marriott International brand. I look forward to working alongside both teams to continue to uphold Marriott’s hallmark of awe-inspiring service, unforgettable culinary offerings, and unparalleled attention to detail. By taking care of our people, I look forward to achieving new milestones for both hotels, with the ultimate goal to lead in their luxury and premium-select segments.”


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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.

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