Saudi Arabia's Bayat Hotel by Cristal gets new GM

Cristal secures industry veteran Philippe F. Frugere with four decades of experience to head soon-to-open property

Philippe F. Frugere.
Philippe F. Frugere.

Cristal Group has appointed Philippe F. Frugere as the general manger for the Bayat Hotel by Cristal.

Frugere will head five-star property and will be ready for opening in June 2017.

The hotel is located in Saudi Arabia’s Abha region which was recently named the capital of Arab Tourism 2017.

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Frugere is well versed with all aspects of hospitality with over four decades of experience. Cristal Group CEO Kamal Fakhoury said: “We are delighted to welcome Frugere to the Bayat Hotel by Cristal to lead the team there. His expertise and experience will prove invaluable in positioning the hotel as a first choice for travelers in Abha.”

Frugere said: “I am truly grateful to Cristal Group for having given me this opportunity. Abha is emerging as a unique destination and I am very excited to take up this new challenge. I look forward to working with the team at the hotel to deliver the highest level of guest satisfaction”.

Frugere began his career in Cannes in France in 1977. Over the years, he worked at with several operators in France, Switzerland, Algeria, Maldives, Oman and the Philippines.

He scaled the ranks in the industry to become food and beverage manager at IHG Crowne Plaza Paris Republique in 1984.

His first posting as general manager was in Corsica in 1998 at the 4-star Campo Dell’Oro Hotel.

He then moved to Les Dromonts Hotel & Alpe Hotel Club in France.

In 2010, he took his first steps into the Middle East as group general manager of Al Nahda Hotel in Oman where he stayed until 2013.

Subsequently he worked as general manager for a year at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resorts in Maldives and later at Waterfront City Hotel & Casino in the Philippines.

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