Marriott unveils key appointments

Hiba Qalyoubi and Samer Gerges

Le Royal Méridien Doha Agora, Doha, Autograph Collection; and Qabila Westbay Hotel (also Autograph Collection) have welcomed Samer Gerges as multi-property Director of Sales and Marketing, while Hiba Qalyoubi takes on the role of multi-property Director of Marketing Communications.

With an illustrious 21-year career in the hospitality industry, Gerges brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record to the cluster properties. His journey began in Lebanon, mastering hotel operations in front office and reservations at the Grand Hotel Kadri - Zahle. Transitioning to the hotel sales industry, he swiftly rose from sales manager to cluster director of sales and marketing with Marriott International, overseeing prominent properties like JW Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Arraya Ballroom.

Qalyoubi is a seasoned marketing maven with a flair for creative storytelling and brand elevation. Having worked with esteemed hospitality brands for 20 years in marketing within the hospitality sector, Qalyoubi has led marketing teams for esteemed properties across the Gulf region.

Her portfolio includes significant marketing projects for renowned hospitality groups like Anantara, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and, notably, Marriott International. During her tenure with Marriott, she spearheaded successful marketing strategies, with a strong emphasis on brand positioning across the Gulf and international markets. Having been part of the pre-opening teams for prominent properties like Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan and others, Hiba played a pivotal role in establishing successful launches, campaigns, and out-of-the-box strategies that set these properties apart upon their inauguration.