Hakan Gencer has been appointed Hotel Manager of
the Swiss-Belhotel Bneid Al Gar and Swiss-Belresidences Al Sharq
in Kuwait, scheduled to open in Q4 2018 and Q3 2019 respectively.
Hakan has over two and a half
decades of hospitality industry experience
working with some of the world’s most successful and prestigious
hotels in Turkey and London in various capacities.
joining Swiss-Belhotel International group, Hakan was the complex
director of food and beverages at two business hotels in
Laurent A. Voivenel,
Swiss-Belhotel’s Senior Vice President, Operations
and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India, said, “Hakan
is an experienced and dynamic hospitality professional with
extensive operations expertise in managing luxury resorts and city
hotels. He has been with our group since 2016 as the general
manager for Grand Swiss-Belhotel Celik Palas Thermal Spa. We are
confident under his leadership Swiss-Belhotel Bneid Al Gar will
achieve the highest level of performance and guest satisfaction.
In addition, Hakan will also oversee the build-up of Swiss-Belresidences
Al Sharq, our second property in Kuwait.”
Kuwait has a target of welcoming 440,000 visitor
arrivals annually by 2024. The country is also investing billions of dollars in
projects such as the expansion of Kuwait International Airport so
that it can
reach a 25 million passenger capacity annually by 2025; and
development of cultural attractions like Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah
According to figures from the World Travel and
Tourism Council, travel and tourism investment in Kuwait is set to
rise 1.5% per annum over the next ten years to KWD135.6 million in
2027. Performance is forecast for strong recovery in 2018 with
continued growth until 2026, reaching values of KWD501.3 million.