On The Move

Rashid joins Anantara in Oman

Firas Rashid has been appointed as area director of sales and marketing of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in the Sultanate of Oman. Rashid oversees the sales and marketing strategies for two new Anantara resorts, both due to open mid-2016.






Chef Stevie joins Six Senses

Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman is welcoming on board a new executive chef, Stephen Jones, nicknamed Chef Stevie. Celebrated for his exploratory palate – perhaps thanks in part to his Australian nationality and British heritage – the adventurous yet simplistic chef will be overseeing four outlets.






Al Busaidy joins Souq Waqif as GM

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels has appointed experienced hotelier Hafidh Al Busaidy as cluster general manager. Al Busaidy, who brings with him 31 years of hospitality experience, possesses a great understanding of the Middle East market, having worked in GCC countries such as Qatar, Oman and KSA.






Diplomat Bahrain appoints Dubsky

The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Bahrain has appointed Petr Dubsky as the executive assistant manager. Dubsky, a Czech national, has gained extensive experience in the hospitality industry since starting his career nearly 10 years ago. He joins from The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia.






HotelsPro makes UK and Ireland hire

HotelsPro, a leading global travel wholesaler, recently announced the appointment of Stephen Moffett as sales manager for its UK and Ireland market. He will be responsible for growing and developing a competent sales force, and will report to Robert Turner, head of London operations.






Singh joins Millennium Airport Dubai

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has appointed Ramesh Kumar Singh as assistant director of sales. He brings with him more than 17 years of outstanding experience, having worked in various capacities. Singh’s most recently served Danat Hotels & Resort, Abu Dhabi as the director of sales.






Ramada Plaza promotes Apala

Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach has promoted its restaurant manager, Andrea Apala to food and beverage operations manager. Previously overseeing Fogueira, Apala will now be assisting the head of F&B, with the day to day operations of the restaurants, as well as the planning and forecasting.






Thomas joins Radisson Blu Deira Creek

Sandeep Thomas has been appointed as the director of finance at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. Thomas joins with more than 17 years of hospitality experience in Dubai, with Rotana Hotels, Rixos Hotels and with Millennium Hotels Group. He is an Indian national, and holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce.






Payne joins Kempinski as GM

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has appointed Michael Payne as general manager, a role that marks his return to Dubai after his stint as GM of One&Only The Palm. With 30 years of experience in luxury hospitality, Payne joins from Emirates One&Only, Wolgan Valley Blue Mountains in Australia.






Fursan Travel appoints Trenkel as CEO

Fursan Travel has announced that Berthold Trenkel has been appointed chief executive officer of Fursan Travel. Trenkel joins Fursan Travel from Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the world’s leading travel management company, where he served as EVP Traveller Services and member of the executive team.






Butt joins Ramada Downtown Dubai

Ramada Downtown Dubai has appointed Shahzad Butt, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, as its new general manager. Butt was the group director of business development for Chelsea Group of Hotel and Hotel Apartments in Dubai before joining Ramada Downtown Dubai.






Fawzi joins Kempinski in Germany

With 22 years of hospitality experience, Nasser Fawzi joins Kempinski’s two Bavarian properties - The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden - as director of sales. He joins from his most recent position as executive assistant manager to the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski in Riyadh.






The Oberoi welcomes Wolter

The Oberoi, Al Zorah, has appointed Burkhard Wolter as general manager. Wolter has been a part of the hospitality industry for over two decades and has worked in the Middle East with Shangri-La, Kempinski, Le Meridien and the Four Seasons. He brings significant experience in the launch and pre-opening of hotels.






Wyndham makes key announcement

Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Rogier Hurkmans as cluster general manager for its two leading hotels in the UAE - TRYP by Wyndham located in Barsha Heights and the recently opened Wyndham Dubai Marina. Hurkmans first joined Wyndham as opening GM for Wyndham Dubai Marina.






Hyatt Regency appoints Vohra

Hyatt Regency Dubai has appointed Pranav Vohra as director of sales and marketing. Vohra joins from his role of director of sales for both Grand Hyatt Dubai and Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. He has been with Hyatt since 2005, when he joined as guest service officer at Grand Hyatt Dubai.