Category Archives: Movements

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum appoints Guenter Gebhard

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Guenter Gebhard as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum. Guenter Gebhard joined the Group in January 2016 from One & Only Hayman Island. Gebhard brings with him over 20 years of experience in the global luxury hospitality industry, with senior management roles at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco, Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, St. Regis, Bangkok and a global role as Director of Operations, Restaurants & Food and Beverage Operations at Jumeirah Group, together with other assignments in the Middle East, Germany and New York. A German national, he speaks a variety of European languages and has a good understanding of Arabic.

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Ramada Downtown Dubai appoints Shahzad Butt as GM

Shahzad Butt has been in the hotel industry for 25 years. He was the Cluster General Manager of Chelsea Tower Hotel Apartments and Chelsea Gardens Hotel Apartments, and Group Director of Business Development for Chelsea Group of Hotel and Hotel Apartments in Dubai before joining Ramada Downtown Dubai. He started his career in hospitality with Hilton Worldwide, and later worked with Renaissance and Avari Hotels International, both in Pakistan and the UAE, where he served various positions including Assistant Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and Sales & Marketing Manager. In his role as General Manager, Butt will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 181-key property, ensuring high standards of quality and service in all aspects of guest experience.

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Wyndham Hotel Group appoints Rogier M. Hurkmans as Cluster GM

Wyndham Hotel Group has now entrusted Rogier M. Hurkmans as Cluster General Manager for two of its hotels in the UAE. Hurkmans who was earlier the opening GM at the Wyndham Dubai Marina will now oversee TRYP by Wyndham located in Barsha Heights as well. In his new role, Hurkmans will be responsible for the opening of TRYP by Wyndham property located in Barsha Heights, which is due in the first half of 2017, as well as continuing to oversee operations at Wyndham Dubai Marina. With more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Hurkmans brings a wealth of expertise and experience with reputed hotel chains including InterContinental, Hilton, Steigenberger, Swissôtel and Bilderberg working on a number of hotel openings, renovations, and rebranding projects.

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Nicholas A Rana is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at Marriott Abu Dhabi

Rana started his career in the sales discipline at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel in 2003. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi will be his fifth hotel opening with Marriott across five different countries and three distinct Marriott brands. Nicholas will be responsible for Sales & Marketing for both properties and in seeing through the launch of the first Marriott Hotel in the capital.

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Andrew Dickson has taken over as Director of Operations at Marriott Abu Dhabi.

Andrew Dickson has over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and joined Marriott in 2008, where he was appointed Director of Operations at Wailea Beach Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii. His previous appointments include the role of Resident Manager in 2009 at JW Marriott in Phuket, followed by Director of Operations at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square and then appointed to General Manager in 2013 at Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club in the UK. In his new role as Director of Operations, Dickson will be overseeing the entire operational team to ensure a successful opening of the first Marriott Hotel in the capital.

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Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi appoints David Lance as GM

David Lance has been appointed General Manager of the Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi. Lance has over two decades of international experience. Prior to this role, Lance was General Manager of Marriott Executive Apartments, Sukhumvit Park in Bangkok, Thailand. Since joining, he has been focused on pulling together a highly skilled and experienced management team to launch and eventually operate these new properties.

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