Monday, September 27, 2021

On the move

Cobo is now hotel manager

Luis Cobo has been appointed the new Hotel Manager of Park Hyatt Dubai. Cobo has 12 years of experience and is driven by a passion for the hospitality industry. He has contributed significantly to the growth of Park Hyatt Dubai, since joining the team in 2018 as Rooms Division Director.


dnata promotes David Barker

dnata, promoted David Barker to Divisional Senior Vice President (DSVP) for Airport Operations. Barker has been with dnata for over six years, currently dnata USA’s CEO. In his new role, he will oversee dnata’s global ground handling and cargo business at 91 airports in 14 countries and manage over 23,000 professionals.


Dubai Holding appoints GM

Dubai Holding, a global investment holding company, has appointed Ronald Drake as General Manager of Ain Dubai. Ain Dubai is the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel, set for a public opening on October 21. Drake brings over 35 years of experience developing global tourist attractions, retail, and entertainment.


Khumkhur joins Cora Cora

Cora Cora Maldives, the latest Maldivian resort set to open on October 1, 2021 in the Raa Atoll, has appointed Chanapach Khumkhur as their Director of Spa and Wellness, for Moksha Spa and Wellbeing Centre. Most recently, she was at the helm of the award-winning spa at Crossroads Maldives.


Brett Butcher returns as CEO

Brett Butcher has returned as the CEO of Langham Hospitality Group (LHG). He had previously served in the same role for five years from 2009, before leaving the group in 2014. Butcher returned as CEO of GE Hospitality Asset Management Limited in 2017, a position that he will continue to hold.


Sofitel Dubai appoints new DOR

Sofitel Dubai The Palm has appointed Bianca Virkus as the new Director of Rooms. Virkus, a German national previously held various Rooms Division positions and brings a wealth of experience to the hotelier industry. Her most recent role was Director of Rooms at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, Dubai.


Kumar moves to Doha role

Kiran Kumar has been appointed the Cluster Director of Marketing & PR for JW Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha, and the Marriott Executive Apartments City Centre Doha. Kumar will also oversee the pre-opening of five upcoming hotels as a part of his role.


Bajtit is new F&B Director

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi has appointed Driss Bajtit as the new Director of F&B. Bajtit has more than 14 years of experience across international markets and reputable brands in Spain, China, Morocco, and the UAE. Prior to this, he headed the F&B division at the Radisson Blu Corniche Abu Dhabi Hotel.


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