Arno Nicolussi Moretto has been appointed as
Area General Manager of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.
With extensive knowledge of the Middle East, Arno joins Anantara’s
flagship property in the region as General Manager and is tasked
with driving strategic growth and the continued success of the
property in its second year. He takes over from
Didier Tourneboeuf who recently announced his retirement.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
is located in the renowned Empty Quarter – a vast
expanse of towering sand dunes stretching from the southern
reaches of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia across into Oman and the
UAE – the hotel’s design reflects the simple grandeur of an old
Arno’s role will also include Area
Manager responsibilities for Anantara’s sister property in the
UAE, the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara,
located on Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
As a graduate of the Hotel College
Schloss Klessheim, Arno, an Austrian, spent a number of years
working with InterContinental Hotels Group across the globe,
including Dubai, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and finally Malaysia
where he held the position of Regional Director of Food and
Arno came to Dubai as Executive Assistant Manager
of the opening team for the Jumeirah Beach Hotel before his career
path saw him move on to manage properties for the luxury Swissotel
group in Egypt and China and The Ritz in Taiwan.
Having firmly established himself as
an expert in luxury hotel and resort openings, Arno returned to
InterContinental Hotels Group as General Manager for the Olympic
City InterContinental and then the Shanghai InterContinental.
“I am delighted to welcome Arno to the Anantara team. Given
his breadth of experience, successful track record spanning almost
25 years, combined with his solid understanding of the region’s
hospitality business, Arno is the ideal General Manager to drive
Anantara’s continued growth in the UAE,” said Peter
Carmichael, Senior VP of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.
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