Amine E. Moukarzel
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Amine E. Moukarzel

president, president, Flamingo Hotel Management Co., Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts, MENA

Since founding Flamingo Hotel Management Company 12 years ago, with just three people on the team, Amine E. Mourkazel has grown the company to more than 6000 employees and 70 hotels under the Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts brands in the MENA region, for which he has also been president since November 2012.

Moukarzel’s target is to open one hotel a month, and over the past 12 months, on average he has achieved this. Eight hotels have been signed in the last year and 15 hotels are confirmed in the pipeline for the next three years; including signed, franchised and managed hotels in places such as Doha, Cairo, Beirut, Algeria, and Morocco through to debuts in Kyrgyzstan and Tbilisi, Georgia.

By the end of 2014, Moukarzel expects to open another 12 hotels.

His goal is to reach 100 hotels within the next three to four years and especially to grow the luxury Royal Tulip brand portfolio, which currently stands at five following the recent opening of Royal Tulip Alexandria, to 20 by 2020.

Moukarzel remains hands-on with operational initiatives, this year introducing a dietician to the hotels, creating a new role of breakfast duty manager and ensuring the successful continued operation of KSA hotels despite more stringent restrictions impacting staff allocation.

Going forward, he is looking to introduce the Campanile budget hotel brand to the Middle East and incorporate the company’s new distribution systems and migration from Pegasus to Micros, which Moukarzel is confident will enhance key drivers to the hotels.

Aside from his company management roles, Moukarzel also finds time to lecture in hospitality quality management around Europe and the Middle East, contributing to the development of many hoteliers who have gone on to senior roles in the region, and was responsible for forming the management programme at the University of Saint Esprit Kaslik-Lebanon.

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Rudi Jagersbacher
president
Pascal Gauvin
chief operating officer, India, Middle East And Africa
Guido de wilde
senior vice president and regional director - Middle East
Alex Kyriakidis
president, Middle East & Africa
Christophe Landais
managing director
Selim El Zyr
president & CEO
Gerald Lawless
president and group CEO
Bani Haddad
regional vice president for the Middle East and Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
president and CEO
Amine E. Moukarzel
president, president
Pascal Duchauffour
area vice president EMEA
Ulrich T. Eckhardt
president Middle East & Africa
Simon Casson
regional vice president and GM
Andreas Mattmuller
chief operating officer
Josef Kufer
chief operating officer
Sami Nasser
senior vice president, operations, Middle East, Africa and India
Peter Fulton
group president
Mark Willis
area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa
Michel Noblet
president & founding partner
Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla
chief executive officer
Mahmoud Mokhtar
vice president of operations for KSA
David Thomson
chief operating officer
Jiri Kobos
vice-president operations
Glenn de Souza
vice president for international operations - Asia and Middle East
Moritz Klein
GM, Area GM
Anton Bawab
regional president
Paul Arnold
vice president of development, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Raj Shetty
chairman & managing worker
Ziad Al Chaar
managing director
Magdi Samman
regional director of operations & development
Sultan B. Al Otaibi
general manager
Simon Coombs
president & CEO
Mohammed H. Arkobi
vice president & managing director
Fadi Mazkour
managing director hotel division
Darroch Crawford
managing director
Hussein Ali Hatata
vice president — hospitality division
Peter Blackburn
president & CEO
Russel Sharpe
chief operating officer
Tarek el Sherif
managing director
Serge Zaalof
president/managing director
Aqeel Raees
chief executive officer
Dr Ali Kasapbashi
group general manager
Hatem Gasmi
founder and managing director
Anders Dimblad
area general manager
Horsten Ries
managing director
Patrick De Groot
general manager
Rupprecht Queitsch
General manager

BY THE NUMBERS

70
Golden Tulip Hotels open in MENA
15
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for MENA
12
Hotels opened in past 12 months
8
No. of Middle East Golden Tulip hotels signed in past 12 months
12 Total
No. of Middle East Golden Tulip hotels due to open by end 2014
37
Years in hospitality
37 years
Years in Middle East
Lebanese
Nationality

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