InterCon Doha wins Qatar's AICR competition

AICR Qatar hosted the 'Qatar Receptionist of the Year' competition on November 12, with the winner to represent the country at the David Campbell Competition in 2017

Winners of AICR Qatar.
Winners of AICR Qatar.

InterContinental Doha's Joshua Gallo is set to represent Qatar on an international stage after winning the AICR Qatar Receptionist of the Year competition on November 12.

The competition was hosted jointly by the Marriott Marquis Doha City Centre and the Shangri-La Doha hotel.

Gallo fought off tough competition from Marriott Marquis Doha City Centre's Minni Ekholm; Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara's Lovena Mooneesamy; Sheraton Doha's Hajar Tabba; and The Ritz-Carlton Doha's Amine Mrabet.

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He will now represent Qatar at the AICR international competition, the David Campbell Trophy, scheduled to take place in Paris in February 2017.

The competition pits five-star-hotel receptionists against each other through a series of role-plays to judge who is the country’s best receptionist. The AICR is a non-profitable organisation founded in the Cote d’Azur in 1964 and has grown to over 16 countries and 1,000 members, with the Qatar chapter being newly established.

AICR Qatar executive committee members who judged the event include: Ahmed Kamel, AICR Qatar president and front office manager of InterContinental Doha the City; Darin Davies, AICR international president and director of rooms at Marriott Marquis Doha City Centre; Nicola Moore, AICR Qatar vice president (in charge of sponsorship); Moamen Abdel Aziz, responsible for all social media and front office manager of Centara Grand West Bay; Mounir Hammoud, responsible for the development of AICR Qatar in the GCC and front office manager of Shangri-La Doha; Kerolos Habib, responsible for all events and front office manager of Kempinski Marsa Malaz; Bassem Ekramallah, secretary of AICR Qatar, responsible for all memberships and front office Manager of the Torch Doha; Rebecca Hong, front office manager of Grand Hyatt Doha; and Loes van Putten, treasurer, responsible for Receptionist of the Year competition and front office manager of the Mondrian Doha.

The AICR UAE chapter also announced its winner recently, with Amir Mansour from Jumeirah Zabeel Saray set to represent the UAE.


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