On the Move

Banana Island hires GM

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara has appointed Thomas Fehlbier as general manager. Before this, Fehlbier served as general manager of Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Thailand. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in managing leisure resorts and global hotel chains. 

ADNH senior appointments

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) has made two senior appointments within its management team. Raffi Torikian joins as the senior manager hotel operations. Mihaela Tayar (pictured here) has been appointed to the position of manager marketing communications. Both of them bring a wealth of valuable experience to ADNH.

Emirati heads Oman office

Etihad Airways has appointed Emirati national Yarub Mohamed Obaidalla as general manager for Oman. He will lead the airline’s commercial strategy in Oman, with a recently added fourth daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Muscat. He will report to area general manager GCC and Yemen, Maen Abdul Halim.

GM appointed at Zaya Nurai Island

Nolie Omar has been appointed to lead the team at Zaya Nurai Island as general manager. The Malaysian national started her career in hospitality in Kuala Lumpur more than 20 years ago and has worked with luxury properties in various managerial capacities.

Mansour joins as Villa Rotana GM

Hossam Mansour held a number of managerial positions across the GCC, North Africa and Turkey before being promoted as general manager at Villa Rotana Dubai. Mansour started his career with Forte Grand Abu Dhabi in 1997 as a management trainee, gradually working his way up the ranks.

New CDO at AccorHotels

Gaurav Bhushan is chief development officer at AccorHotels, succeeding industry veteran Christian Karaoglanian. Bhushan will report to CEO Sébastien Bazin, and will continue to be directly responsible for the development of the Asia Pacific region under Michael Issenberg, CEO of HotelServices Asia Pacific.

Semiramis appoints new EAM

Semiramis InterContinental Cairo appoints Massimo Bernardi as executive assistant manager in charge of food & beverage. Before joining IHG, Bernardi held various related positions in the UK, the US, Qatar and various properties in the UAE.

Sood moves to SNTTA Emir Tours

Vishal Sood has joined SNTTA Emir Tours as deputy general manager, after seven years in Dubai-based destination management company Royal Park Tourism Services. Sood has 25 years of experience in the industry, including 18 years at hotels in India, Afghanistan and Dubai, UAE.

Ramada Downtown hires DOSM

Ramada Downtown Dubai has appointed Walid El Masri as its new director of sales and marketing. He will head the team in developing and implementing strategies to increase hotel revenue in the robust competition in Dubai’s Downtown area.

Parsons appointed complex GM

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has appointed seasoned hotelier Shaun Parsons as complex general manager, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre as well as Le Meridien Fairway. Bringing with him 20 years of experience, he makes the transition from Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi.