Fairmont holds GM meeting in region for first time

Annual general manager event held in Dubai, reflecting focus on region

The meeting was held at the recently-opened Fairmont The Palm hotel in Dubai
The meeting was held at the recently-opened Fairmont The Palm hotel in Dubai

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts recently hosted its annual general managers' meeting in Dubai, the first time the conference has been held in the Middle East.

The meeting brought together managers from more than 65 properties to discuss the state of the hospitality and travel industry, trends and brand positioning.

The Canada-based operator said in a statement that the location for this year's event reflected Fairmont's investment and expansion in the region. 

Over the past 13 years, Fairmont has added 57 properties to its portfolio, including Fairmont Dubai – Fairmont’s first international property, Fairmont Bab al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, Fairmont Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt, and most recently Fairmont The Palm.

During 2013 and 2014, Fairmont is expanding its Middle East presence with properties opening in Ajman, UAE, Fujairah, UAE, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Amman, Jordan.

As part of Fairmont’s ‘Meetings that Matter’ charitable programme, a US $10,000 donation was made to Operation Smile during the meeting.

Operation Smile provides life-changing surgeries to children with facial deformities, and is the charity of choice for Fairmont Bab al Bahr and Fairmont The Palm, where the meeting was held.

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