Emre Kirazci (left) and Marie-Claire McCartney (right). Emre Kirazci (left) and Marie-Claire McCartney (right).

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, the French-based luxury hotel, has appointed Emre Kirazci as the new director of sales and marketing along with Marie-Claire McCartney, as the new Thalassa manager of the only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the Middle East.

Kirazci joins Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa with strong backgrounds extending from the hospitality sector. In 2012, Kirazci was appointed as the director of global accounts at FRHI Hotels (Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel Hotels).

With the merger of AccorHotels and FRHI Hotels, Kirazci then moved to the regional sales team as director of key leisure accounts heading the leisure segment within Middle East region. Originally for Turkey, Kirazci has a double major degree in business and tourism from Middlesex University.

He aims to promote the property with 262 rooms and suites, eight F&B outlets, the only Thalassa Spa in the Middle East, and four meeting rooms along with a 10,000m2 ballroom.

McCartney, a Trinidad national, obtained her knowledge in the spa and wellness industry over the past thirteen years. Moving all the way from Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda, her business skills set and spa expertise has expanded from Canada to the GCC.

Being a part of the spa and salon managing sector as well as her qualifications in spa therapy, McCartney is well- versed in local and international spa and salon protocols. She been a spa manager for more than three years in Bahrain and has held leadership positions for more than ten years more at an international level.

 “We are very excited and thrilled to have Kirazci and McCartney join our team here at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa and with their line of experience and expertise, we surely are leaving their teams, departments, and our valuable guests in trusting hands,” said the director of operations, Mehdi Hanayen.

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