PANOS LOUPASIS
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PANOS LOUPASIS

Vice President Development, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Three new hotels will be launched as part of the Deira Waterfront Development by Ithra Dubai. When opened, these hotels will bring two new brands — Super 8 by Wyndham and Days Inn by Wyndham, as well as an additional Wyndham hotel to the UAE.

Panos Loupasis has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and he spent a large part of it at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Having taken over his role three years and eight months ago, Loupasis has been the one of the forces behind Wyndham’s growth in the MENA region.

“I have been proud to have overseen a number of important brand entries in new markets across the region. In particular, we’ve seen tremendous growth and significant signings within the UAE and Saudi Arabian markets over the past year,” Loupasis said.

In December 2018, Wyndham introduced two more of its brands in Saudi for the first time. They were Wyndham Garden Damam and Howard Johnson Dammam Cornish Street. Last year also saw the launch of two other hotels in KSA. Namely, Ramada by Wyndham Al Khobar King Abdullah Street and Ramada by Wyndham Dammam Khaleej Road. These openings further strengthened Wyndham’s offering within the mid-market sector in the Kingdom, bringing its total up to 15 operational hotels and more than 2,300 rooms with three more properties in the pipeline.

The group also signed a new property in Dubai, Wyndham Garden, which will launch in 2020.

In addition to that, three new hotels will be launched as part of the Deira Waterfront Development by Ithra Dubai. When opened, these hotels will bring two new brands — Super 8 by Wyndham and Days Inn by Wyndham, as well as an additional Wyndham hotel to the UAE.

Loupasis said: “With a robust pipeline of 22 additional properties planned between now and 2023, we will continue to leverage our solid foundation and experience as a global hospitality powerhouse, as well as our aggressive expansion plans, to further expand our midscale footprint across the Middle East region and help bridge this gap in the sector.”

The group is also making a market entry in the GCC in Kuwait, where they have established the Ramada Encore by Wyndham brand in Kuwait City.

“With the enormous opportunities that this region offers, we have an optimistic outlook for the future. We will continue to build on our presence and strengths by focusing on growing our portfolio where we know travellers want to be.” he added.

Currently, the group operates 56 hotels and 10,840 rooms in the MENA region, and a total of 22 hotels and there are 4,312 hotel rooms in the pipeline.

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President And Managing Director, Middle East & Africa
MARK WILLIS
Chief Executive Officer
PASCAL GAUVIN
Managing Director, India, Middle East And Africa
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice President, Operations, KSA & Levant
TIM CORDON
Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa
KURT STRAUB
Vice President Of Operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia
GUY HUTCHINSON
Acting CEO
KEVORK DELDELIAN
Chief Executive Officer
PANOS LOUPASIS
Vice President Development, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa
MOHAMED AWADALLA
Chief Executive Officer
VINCENT MICCOLIS
Regional General Manager, Middle East, Africa, Turkey & India
LAURENT A. VOIVENEL
Senior Vice President, Operations & Development for the Middle East, Africa & India
HENK MEYKNECHT
Chief Operating Officer- Middle East & Africa and Member of the Management Board
CENK UNVERDI
Regional General Manager
TARAS ETTL
Vice President Middle East & Asia
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief Operating Officer
SIMON COOMBS
President and CEO
SIMON P. CASSON
President – Hotel Operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa
KAMAL FAKHOURY
Chief Executive Officer
HASSAN AHDAB
President of Hotel Operations
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
JOSÉ SILVA
Chief Executive Officer
HUSSEIN ALI HATATA
Chief Executive Officer
JAMAL SERHAN
Senior vice president and CEO MENA
PRATEEK KUMAR
Regional Vice President EMEA
JOHN NORTHEN
Executive Vice President
SUMAIR TARIQ
Managing Director
RICHARD HADDAD
Chief Executive Officer
RIAD ABI HAIDAR
Cluster general manager
AMMAR KANAAN
Group general manager
ALY SHARIFF
Chief executive officer
MOHAMED SOUSSAN
Group General Manager and Co-founder
THIRAYUTH CHIRATHIVAT
Chief executive officer
ABDULLA BIN SULAYEM
Chief executive officer
HOSNI ABDEL HADI
Chief executive officer
NAEL ELWAARY
Cluster General manager
ANTHONY ROSS
Chief executive officer
ARUN KUMAR
General manager hospitality
GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
Vice chairman and CEO
MICHAEL WALE
Chief Executive Officer
COLIN A. BAKER
Regional director – Middle East
RANJIT PHILLIPOSE
Area director – Middle East and General Manager
PHILIPPE HARB
Chief Operating Officer
JAYDEEP ANAND
Chief Financial & Operating Officer
ALISON GRINNELL
Chief executive officer
CLAUDIO CAPACCIOLI
Chief executive officer
ABDULLATIF KABBARA
Corporate office general manager
TOMMY LAI
Chief executive officer

BY THE NUMBERS

3.5
Number of years in role
56
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
8
Number of years with company
22
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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