Marriott will no longer manage five-star Oman hotel

Marriott International will hand over the operations of Mirbat Marriott Resort from October 1, 2018

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Marriott International will no longer manage the Mirbat Marriott Resort in Salalah, Oman, effective October 1, 2018. The management will be transferred to German company FTI Touristik Gmbh.

A public announcement by Dhofar Tourism Company said: "As of  October 1, 2018, Mirbat Marriott Resort will no longer be managed by Marriott International and will no longer be part of the Marriott Hotels brand portfolio. Please note that reservations for dates on or after the September 30, 2018 will not be eligible for benefits, award redemption or accrual of the Marriott Rewards programme points."

Dhofar Tourism general manager Hesham Dawoud also said: "The two companies — whose relationship remains strong — are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for associates, guests and business partners." 

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HotelierMiddleEast.com has reached out to Marriott for a comment.

This follows a series of high profile de-flaggings in the United Arab Emirates. In July, Marriott International revealed it will no longer manage The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club as well as the three Al Habtoor City hotels. The management has been transferred to Al Habtoor Group. Hilton has been confirmed as the partner for its three Business Bay hotels. The hotels will be franchised, and they will now be managed and operated by Al Habtoor Group, Hilton confirmed to HotelierMiddleEast.com

Related: Marriott president and MD for MEA region  Alex Kyriakidis on owner-operator relationships and growth plans

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