R Hotels has appointed Nevil D’souza as commercial director for its Dubai properties. D’souza will be responsible for the overall sales and marketing strategies of the group’s four hotels in the emirate.

D'souza, who has  more than 15 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, will be responsible for the Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, and ibis Styles Jumeira Dubai.   

Before joining R Hotels, he was the director of sales and marketing at V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton at Al Habtoor City. He also served as area director of sales for Roda Hotels & Resorts, managing a total of seven properties and more than 2,000 keys.

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Before that, he was the head of sales and a member of the pre-opening team of Dubai Parks and Resort. D'souza has worked mainly with the Hilton brand and took on key sales positions at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Hilton Dubai Creek, and Hilton National Sales Office in the UAE.

Sumair Tariq, managing director of R Hotels, said: “With Dubai’s increasingly competitive hospitality landscape, his extensive experience and notable links within the industry are expected to enhance the group’s overall performance in terms of occupancy and revenue.”

Speaking about his appointment, D’Souza said: R Hotels’ Dubai portfolio are all situated within the emirate’s top leisure and business hubs; together with the team, we are keen to roll out a comprehensive strategy for the group while capitalising on each property’s distinctive features and offers.”

R Hotels is the hospitality management division of the Ajman-based R Holding, which  presently owns, operates and manages seven hotels across the UAE – Ramada Hotel and Suites by Wyndham Ajman, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman, Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR, ibis Styles Jumeira Dubai, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche.