Ascott Limited appoints director of revenue and distribution for the MENA region
Jaya Raj the new director of revenue & distribution for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey has more than 15 years of experience in the industry
The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has appointed a Jaya Raj as their Director of Revenue & Distribution for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
Raj will oversee the regional revenue management and distribution strategy as well as manage day-to-day yield operations.
She has more than 15 years of experience working for leading hotel brands in the Middle East and India in addition to F&B and event management.
Raj, who has a Bachelors Degree in Hotel Management & Catering Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Marketing from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing, began her career in hospitality in 2002.
Talking about her new role, she said, “I’m excited to be joining Ascott as it embarks upon its next phase of growth. MEA and Turkey is a dynamic region with a thriving hospitality sector; effective revenue management is a key element in maintaining Ascott’s competitive edge by optimising profitability.”
Her first job was a banquet sales co-ordinator at The Oberoi & Hilton Towers in Mumbai before she took on the role of the meeting & events manager at Dubai’s Al Bustan Rotana two years later. She then joined Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai Media City and worked as revenue manager before being promoted to Director of Revenue. Prior to her role at Ascott, Raj was the head of revenue & distribution at HMH Hotel Group in Dubai.
“We are delighted to welcome Jaya Raj to the Ascott team in Dubai,” says Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s Regional GM for Middle East, Africa and Turkey. “Her in-depth knowledge of business analytics will be a key asset as we edge towards our regional growth target of 5,000 units by the end of 2020,” he added.
Ascott currently has 12 properties in operation across 11 cities in KSA, the UAE, Turkey, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Ghana.