Baran Turkel
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Baran Turkel

Managing directorTurkey, Middle East, and Central Asia,, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Best Western plans to expand with nine more hotels — with 1,238 more rooms — in the region

In January 2017, Best Western successfuly launched a new boutique hotel concept in Turkey. Baran Turkel has been associated with Best Western Hotels & Resorts for two-and-a-half years, and is responsible for a total of 16 hotels in the MENA region, and a further 15 in Turkey.

The operator has 1,826 hotel rooms in MENA currently, and 1,385 in the Turkish market.

Best Western plans to expand with nine more hotels — with 1,238 more rooms — in the region. These plans include a further expansion for the company in the UAE, according to Turkel.

In the past year, the hotel operator has witnessed a rampant growth in the region with the opening of five hotels: Best Western Plus Pearl Creek, Dubai; Best Western Premier Al Ahsa Grand, Saudi Arabia; Best Western Plus Buraidah, Saudi Arabia; Best Western Plus Fursan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Best Western Plus Hotel Setif, Algeria.

In Turkey alone, Best Western has got on board three properties, the Best Western Premier Sakarya, Best Western Premier Cappadocia, and Vib Antalya.

Vib is Best Western’s newest brand, which serves as a stylish, “urban boutique” hotel concept. Turkel tells Hotelier Middle East: “Vib is a new, hip, chic, and boutique concept and lifestyle brand; it re-imagines the Best Western hotel experience for today’s traveller, who is seeking innovation, technology integration, and style with an authentic, local flavour.”

Turkel’s vision for the future of the firm is to lead the hospitality industry in superior customer care. “We strive to provide the highest levels of service to Best Western hotels, and to their guests, with integrity and honesty such that brand loyalty continues to thrive.”

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President and managing director
OLIVIER GRANET
Managing director and chief operating officer
PASCAL GAUVIN
Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa
MARK WILLIS
Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa
ANDREAS MATTMÜLLER
Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts
OMER KADDOURI
President and CEO
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief operating officer
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice president operations
AMINE MOUKARZEL
President/ partner
IGNACE BAUWENS
Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president
SAMI NASSER
COO luxury brands
PETER FULTON
Group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
Simon Casson
President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief executive officer
Antoine El Sayegh
President
Imad Elias
CEO
Vincent Miccolis
Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey
Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla
Chief executive officer
Henk Meyknecht
Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa
Andrew Shaw
Assistant vice president — development EMEA
Laurent A. Voivenel
Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India
Sumair Tariq
Managing director
Baran Turkel
Managing directorTurkey, Middle East, and Central Asia,
Hatem Gasmi
Founder and managing director,
Aboudi Asali
Chief executive officer
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume
Vice chairman and CEO
Jamal Serhan
CEO and senior vice president
Hussein Ali Hatata
Vice president, hospitality division
Marc Dardenne
Group chief operating officer and interim CEO
Siegfried Nierhaus
Vice president Middle East
Rob Weeden
Vice president sales and marketing Europe
Kamal Fakhoury
Chief executive officer
Nehme Imad Darwiche
Founder and chief executive officer
Mohamed Soussan
Group general manager
Simon Coombs
President and CEO
Suparat Chirathivat
Vice president business development
David Grant Thomson
Chief operating officer
Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
Executive chairman
Philippe Zuber
President and chief operating officer
Anton Bawab
Regional president
Frederic Flageat-Simon
Chief executive officer
Sir Rocco Forte
Founder and chairman
Philippe Harb
Chief operating officer and partner
Ranjit Phillipose
General manager

BY THE NUMBERS

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Previous Ranking
2.5
Number of years in the role
2.5
Number of years with the company
16
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
9
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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