Alex Kyriakidis has officially stepped into the big boots of the well-respected Ed Fuller — who retired on March 31 — as president and managing director for Marriott’s Middle East and Africa division.
The company currently has a regional presence consisting of 32 properties in eight countries, offering 7,482 rooms and spanning seven lodging brands. Under Kyriakidis, the division is poised for major growth; 22 properties are scheduled to join Marriott’s portfolio in the region through 2015, adding 7,321 rooms.
In the past 12 months alone, the company has opened eight hotels in the GCC, including Renaissance Doha City Centre, Qatar and Residence Inn by Marriott, Juffair Bahrain — the introduction of the long-stay brand to the Middle East. The company also signed three exciting deals, for JW Marriott Hotel Bahrain, Residence Inn, Kuwait and Edition Hotel, Abu Dhabi.
By September 2013, seven new hotels are expected to open, including the first phase of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which will comprise 804 rooms, and 1608 rooms when complete, and is a major deal for the hotel giant globally.