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JOBS LIST | 08//07/2013

NEWS | May Chow has been appointed Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality appoints Ms. May Chow as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing on May 8, 2013. Ms. Chow will lead the sales & marketing efforts of the company, oversee the sales and marketing strategy of the hotels under the portfolio and, to support brand promotion and operation of the company. May brings over 20 years’ experience in hospitality and tourism industry, she developed her international path starting from Hong Kong, then to Australia Melbourne, Macau, Mainland China and many other countries.

NEWS | Bernd Schneider has been appointed General Manager at Sofitel

Schneider, who brings 32 years of hospitality experience across Europe, Asia and the Middle East to the role, joins the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach from the Magnifique Sofitel Mumbai, India where he spent three years as GM and led the team in the successful opening of the country’s first Sofitel hotel. Sofitel Middle East, Africa & Indian Ocean senior vice president of operations Sami Nasser said: “We are delighted to have Bernd overseeing the daily operations of this prominent beachfront property, whilst reinforcing the positioning of the Sofitel brand across the region.

NEWS | Jessie Becker has been appointed chief marketing officer

As chief marketing officer, Becker, 45, will oversee all marketing activities for the organization, including branding, customer acquisition, PR and social media. Most recently, Becker was interim chief marketing officer at Netflix, where she was responsible for the global brand, customer acquisition and consumer insights programs. She joined Netflix in 2000 and held a variety of marketing positions with increasing responsibility,

NEWS | IHG announces first Staybridge Suites for Saudi Arabia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with Dyafah Al Mutahida LLC to open a 200-key Staybridge Suites in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This will be the first Staybridge Suites property, offering an extended stay experience, in Saudi Arabia. Staybridge Suites Hira Street will be located in central Jeddah just 7km from Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport. It will be developed on a 14,700 square metres plot and will form part of Dyafah Al Mutahida LLC’s mixed-used development including retail outlets, healthcare facilities and a multi-purpose hall. Mohammed BaGabas, Dyafah Al Mutahida LLC, added, “With the major expansion to Jeddah’s airport and the boom in real estate construction, Jeddah is becoming an increasingly important commercial hub.

NEWS | Wyndham Hotel Group enters Iraq

Wyndham Hotel Group, last week announced its entrance into Iraq with the opening of the newly-built, 71-room Ramada Sulaymaniyah Salim Street in Kurdistan. The hotel opened on the same day as the Ramada Plaza Beirut Raouche in Beirut, Lebanon. Featuring 58 guest rooms and 13 suites, includes all modern conveniences, the Ramada Sulaymaniyah Salim Street is centrally located within easy reach of the city’s various cultural, historical and commercial points of interests, and it just ten kilometres from Sulaymaniyah International Airport.

NEWS | ONYX Opens First OZO hotel in Hong Kong

OZO Wesley Hong Kong has opened its doors in Wanchai. OZO is a new hotel brand created around a core concept of less frills and more control, it offers guests quality services that count and amenities they actually want, enabling them to maximise their time on the road. Located on Hennessy Road, a prime business and commercial district on Hong Kong Island, between Admiralty and Wanchai MTR stations, OZO Wesley is just a 5-minute stroll from the brands and boutiques of Pacific Place, and the sights, restaurants and bars that give the city its buzz. OZO Wesley's 'Snooze Zone' consists of 251 guest rooms and suites and has been designed to create a haven of comfort and convenience.

NEWS | Shimla tops list of highest ranked hotels in India: Study

Shimla leads the list of Indian cities with the highest ranked hotels, earning an overall 95.36 per cent score from visitors in terms of reputation.Shimla, the enchanting hill station in Himachal Pradesh, leads the list of Indian cities with the highest ranked hotels, earning an overall 95.36 per cent score from visitors in terms of reputation, according to a recent survey. This Himalayan splendour was given the rating both by Indian and as well as foreign tourists, according to the reputation index put together by the global hotel search portal Trivago. Shimla was followed by Udaipur in the list.

NEWS | Over 150 air-conditioned restaurants in Mumbai not registered, tax survey reveals

Air-conditioned restaurants not registered, tax survey revealsA recent service tax department survey of air-conditioned restaurants in the city revealed that over 150 air-conditioned restaurants have not registered themselves with the department. "We surveyed 700 addresses of restaurants located in Mumbai between June 29 and July 6 involving 70 officers. We found that 40 bars and 115 restaurants have not registered with us," said an official from the department said.

NEWS |From Zero to Hero: Crowne Plaza Pioneers New Business Energiser Programme

Crowne Plaza has announced the launch of Business Energiser, a holistic programme of activities to help business travellers stay motivated, focused and on the ball while they are on the road for work. Running for three weeks in six Crowne Plaza hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa, Business Energiser aims to help both MICE groups and solo business travellers go from Zero to Hero and get the most out of their day, from sunrise to sundown. The programme consists of three key elements: Morning Energiser in-room wake-up guides, Morning Warriorwake-up exercise classes and Meet Aerobics seated chair exercises, each designed to help business travellers stay at peak physical and mental efficiency throughout their trips.

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NEWS | New Chandigarh to have Holiday Inn Hotel

Omaxe Limited, a leading real estate company having diversified projects in nine states and 30 cities and one of world’s largest hotel companies, the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) have joined hands to bring to the city of New Chandigarh (formerly Mullanpur), a five star hotel “Holiday Inn”. Officials at Omaxe told here today that the company will undertake the construction of the hotel which will be managed by IHG.