Two new General Managers have joined Mövenpick
Hotels & Resorts’ growing Dubai team as the hospitality firm
prepares to open another two properties in the city in 2018.
Maria Lamarche, former Hotel Manager at
Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba, Jordan, has been promoted to
GM of Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai and Alfio
Bernardino has been appointed as GM of Mövenpick’s upcoming hotel
in Dubai Media City, moving from his previous role as GM of
Radisson Blu Dubai Media City.
“I would like to congratulate Maria on her
well-deserved promotion and welcome Alfio, an experienced
hotelier, to the Mövenpick team,” said Marc Descrozaille,
President - Middle East & Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
“Both colleagues have extensive management and regional experience
and I am confident they will successfully orchestrate the launch
of two of our most exciting portfolio additions this year.”
Maria Lamarche’s hospitality career spans more
than three decades and several continents having worked for
international hospitality names including Starwood,
InterContinental Hotels Group, Millennium & Copthorne,
Hilton and Rotana.
In her previous role at Mövenpick Resort &
Residences Aqaba, Maria, who is a national of the Dominican
Republic, was recognised for her operational and management
expertise, implementing several successful initiatives to improve
guest satisfaction, reduce costs and increase profits.
Alfio Bernardino, is an Italian national with
more than 20 years of industry experience in Europe, the Middle
East and Indian Ocean, many of which have been spent working
for Carlson Rezidor. A graduate of Cornell University, his move to
Mövenpick marks his fourth GM position.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will launch at least
two more properties in the UAE over the next few years, growing
its portfolio there to nine by 2020. The Mövenpick Hotel
Apartments Al Burj Business Bay in Dubai is scheduled for
completion in 2019, while the company will make its debut in Ras
Al Khaimah in 2020 with the opening of Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan
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