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Olivier Granet oversees the eco- and midscale properties for the Middle East, and eco-, midscale, and luxe properties for North Africa, and with more than 100 hotels in the pipeline, it has been another record year for AccorHotels in these countries. The acquisition of FRHI has been keeping Granet busy over the last year as well.

This division opened five hotels in March 2017 alone, and the hotel openings in Q1 this year represented more than all of 2016’s openings combined. The brand revealed the signing of the first AccorHotels’ lifestyle brand in the region – Mama Shelter – and reflagged a Sheikh Zayed Road property (previously with Gloria Hotels & Resorts) into the largest Mercure Hotel in the global network.

Significant hotel signings in the last year were made throughout the UAE, Tunisia, and Egypt, across a number of brands, with openings including Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, the first of its brand in North Africa; the Ibis Styles Makkah; Novotel Yanbu; Mercure Sohar; Porto Sokhna, Managed by AccorHotels; Jabal Hotel, Managed by AccorHotels; Mercure Cancun Sokhna; Novotel Jeddah Tahlia Street; and Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights & Apartments. Under Granet’s command, strong development has been seen in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Egypt.

Another area Granet is also focusing on is the operator’s lifestyle brands, with the region’s first Mama Shelter. Granet tells Hotelier: “Our passion for all of our guests is driving us to new heights in fulfilling guest satisfaction, and this applies to the roll-out of global lifestyle brands, including the region’s first Mama Shelter. Alongside its development, we continue to scope out opportunities to expand our lifestyle offer to the Middle East and Africa, and will shortly announce the signing of another lifestyle brand.” We are excited to find out what this might be.

Granet promises the area and brands under his leadership will see the opening of two hotels every month until 2020, with more than one hotel signed every two weeks. He also proudly claims the company is the largest hotel operator in Saudi Arabia, and is set to double its network across Africa with 200 hotels and 25,000 rooms.

Alex Kyriakidis

President and managing director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International
Under Alex Kyriakidis, the mega-operator controls 30 brands, with the expectation that in the UAE alone, it will have 20 trading by 2020, winning him the number one spot on Hotelier Middle East’s Power 50 ranking

Olivier Granet

Managing director and chief operating officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa
Granet promises the area and brands under his leadership will see the opening of two hotels every month until 2020

Pascal Gauvin

Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Since coming to power, Gauvin has signed and launched brands like Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo in the region

Mark Willis

Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Willis has been focused on many initiatives that centre around diversity, inclusion, and equal rights last year

Andreas Mattmüller

Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Mattmüller's aim is to operate 125 upscale and upper-upscale hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia by 2020

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Under Alzaabi’s leadership, development and acquisitions at the company have raced ahead, with 40 new contracts signed in the last 12 months

Omer Kaddouri

President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd
Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels now has 14 hotels spanning 2,678 rooms coming up in the years ahead

Kamel Ajami

Vice president operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton
Under his leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA and the Levant is set to triple in the region

Amine Moukarzel

President/ partner, Louvre Hotels Group/ Golden Tulip Hotels MENA
His leadership has overseen the overhaul of the core four-star brand, Golden Tulip Hotels

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 1
  • Number of years with the company 18
  • Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017 150
  • Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017 100
 

Alex Kyriakidis

President and managing director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International
Under Alex Kyriakidis, the mega-operator controls 30 brands, with the expectation that in the UAE alone, it will have 20 trading by 2020, winning him the number one spot on Hotelier Middle East’s Power 50 ranking

Olivier Granet

Managing director and chief operating officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa
Granet promises the area and brands under his leadership will see the opening of two hotels every month until 2020

Pascal Gauvin

Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Since coming to power, Gauvin has signed and launched brands like Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo in the region

Mark Willis

Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Willis has been focused on many initiatives that centre around diversity, inclusion, and equal rights last year

Andreas Mattmüller

Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Mattmüller's aim is to operate 125 upscale and upper-upscale hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia by 2020

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Under Alzaabi’s leadership, development and acquisitions at the company have raced ahead, with 40 new contracts signed in the last 12 months

Omer Kaddouri

President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd
Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels now has 14 hotels spanning 2,678 rooms coming up in the years ahead

Kamel Ajami

Vice president operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton
Under his leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA and the Levant is set to triple in the region

Amine Moukarzel

President/ partner, Louvre Hotels Group/ Golden Tulip Hotels MENA
His leadership has overseen the overhaul of the core four-star brand, Golden Tulip Hotels