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New General Manager Announced at JA Manafaru Maldives

JA Resorts & Hotels announces the appointment of Karen Merrick as General Manager at multi award-winning island resort, JA Manafaru. JA Resorts & Hotels recently announced the appointment of Scottish National, Karen Merrick to take over the operation of multi award-winning JA Manafaru, the private island resort in the Maldives. Karen is the second female General Manager in the JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio of 8 properties, and currently one of few female General Manager in the Maldives. She joins the JA Manafaru team to maintain the islands longstanding popularity with international guests and to communicate the unique soul of the island with her innate understanding of Maldivian culture and heritage. Karen’s career spans 30 years across a variety of boutique hotels in the Indian Ocean and Europe. This will be Karen’s fifth leadership role in the Maldives, as she has a personal connection to the area with a home on Addu island with her Maldivian husband, Alim. Prior to joining JA Resorts & Hotels, Karen has spent the last three years running the Song …

Choice Hotels Appoints Vikas Bhalla as Chief Transformation Officer

Newly created role to advance company’s data-driven culture Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), has announced it has appointed Vikas Bhalla to the newly created role of chief transformation officer. As a key member of Choice Hotels’ senior executive leadership team reporting directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pacious, Bhalla will advance the company’s data-driven culture and lead the corporate strategy, business transformation, and data analytics teams. In addition to identifying new business opportunities, Bhalla will work closely with Pacious to develop strategies that fuel the company’s long-range growth. “After an extensive search, we’re confident Vikas is the right leader to help position our brands and offerings to appeal to the customer of the future, while expanding the profitability driven by Choice’s platform business,” said Pacious. “As the chief transformation officer, Vikas will further advance our culture of data-informed decision-making, which is core to our business strategy and will remain so in the years ahead.”  Bhalla has more than 20 years of experience shaping business strategies for large corporations. He joins Choice Hotels from CVS Health, one …

Jumeirah Group Announces New Appointments Across Dubai, Europe And The Maldives

Mahmoud Sakr was recently welcomed as the new Managing Director of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel and Royal Residences. Mahmoud brings over 30 years’ experience and joins from Jumeirah Emirates Towers where he was General Manager and Area General Manager – City Hotels. Originally from Egypt, Mahmoud is passionate about providing a personalised guest experience at this award-winning resort on Palm Jumeirah. As one of Jumeirah’s most experienced business leaders, he has played a pivotal role in the company’s journey over the last 20 years. He is a seasoned hotelier and his dedication to his employees and guests alike sets a great example and is highly commendable. Mahmoud’s strong market knowledge and excellent operational knowledge makes him well placed to take on the challenge of managing Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Prior to joining Jumeirah Group, Mahmoud worked for Le Méridien for 13 years across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Senegal. Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi Waterpark recently appointed Jason Harding as Managing Director. He brings extensive experience to the role, having worked in the luxury hospitality industry …

Barron Hilton

It has been announced that Barron Hilton, son, entrepreneur and philanthropist sadly passed away at his home in Los Angeles on September 19th 2019, aged 91. “Today the world of hospitality mourns for one of the greats. “Barron Hilton was an incredible family man, business leader and philanthropist. From his leadership of our company for more than three decades, to the transformative work he led with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for many years, Barron was a man unlike any other. I always found inspiration in how he saw the tremendous potential of hospitality to change the world for the better – and in the unique and meaningful ways he sought to make that happen. “On behalf of everyone at Hilton, I extend our deepest condolences to the Hilton family.” – Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton. Barron Hilton is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years Marilyn Hawley Hilton. He is survived by his eight children, 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, thousands of friends and associates from his extended hotel family. …

Hotel group mental health wellbeing initiative named national award finalist

Edinburgh-headquartered Apex Hotels is preparing for the possibility of picking up a prestigious award this month, for its pioneering mental health initiative. The family-owned company, which has 10 hotels across the UK, has been announced as a finalist in the Workplace Wellbeing Initiative category of this year’s Caterer.com People Awards – which take place later this month – thanks to the incentive, which sees a renewed focus on employee mental health. Borne out of partnerships with MHScot and SeeMe, the Apex initiative will go up against three others at the ceremony – with the winner revealed on 20th September at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. Following a complex needs assessment alongside a SeeMe consultant – including in-depth analysis of the wellbeing support already in place for Apex employees, and of anonymous feedback from staff on their experiences working from the group – Apex has created a wellbeing initiative aimed at supporting mental health concerns and encouraging open communication amongst colleagues. Spearheaded by mental health first aid training for key staff members, the flexible and adaptable approach also involves …

Chelsom to exhibit at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, Miami

Chelsom are delighted to be exhibiting at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo which takes place at Miami Beach Convention Center on 19th-20th June 2019. Cruise Ship Interiors Expo is a completely new show focusing on Interior Design and set to be the USA’s premier trade show and conference for the international marine industry, offering the newest and most innovative products and services, providing inspiration and connecting hospitality professionals from all facets of the business. Chelsom chose to exhibit at the event where they will be showcasing pieces from their latest lighting collections, Edition 26. Designed by Robert and Will Chelsom, the collections harness and refine the latest trends in finishes and materials and have been created with the requirements of the international marine marketplace at their core. John Hadley, Marine Director said “Cruise Ship Interior Expo is set to be the number one global event for the marine industry and we are very pleased to be making our debut. Being able to see what the international market is up to is really inspirational and it’s a …