Vincent Miccolis Vincent Miccolis

As regional general manager, Vincent Miccolis has spearheaded The Ascott Limited’s entry into new markets such as Turkey, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

With 11 operational properties in the Middle East, the group’s most recent opening was the launch of the first Citadines property in Dubai in Q2 of 2018 through a franchise agreement.

A second Citadines property, this time in Istanbul, Turkey, is also under development and is due to open in Q4 of 2019.
In total, The Ascott Limited has 12 properties in the pipeline, which will add 1678 unit to its existing portfolio of 1,696 keys.
Miccolis is now also turning the group’s attention to Africa, having signed Ascott Limited’s first management agreement in Ghana with one property (yet unbranded) due to open at the end of 2018, and the group’s first Ascott Residence due to open in mid-2019.

“We are still working towards our target of 5000 units across the Middle East, Africa & Turkey by 2020,” Miccolis tells Hotelier Middle East.

The Ascott Limited is also continuing to push for better deployment of technology. The company is trying out artificial intelligence with a view to create more efficient operations and better customer experiences, it announced earlier this year at the Arabian Travel Market. Miccolis also revealed to Hotelier at the event that the company was conducting tests in China using service robots, with a view to roll out the technology in the Middle East if the tests prove successful.

Kurt Straub

Vice president of operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia, Hyatt
In his new role, Straub will guide the group as it embarks on its ambitious expansion strategy to double its portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022.

Vincent Miccolis

Regional general manager, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, The Ascott Limited
As regional general manager, Miccolis has spearheaded The Ascott Limited’s entry into new markets such as Turkey, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

Amine E. Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels Group MENA
Louvre Hotels relaunched its Golden Tulip brand to cater to millennial travellers.

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations & development for the Middle East, Africa & India, Swiss-Belhotel International
A seasoned hotelier, Laurent A. Voivenel has ambitious plans for Swiss-Belhotel International’s operations in the region.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality Company
Dur Hospitality is one of the largest and longest-standing hospitality companies in Saudi Arabia.

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman, Damac Properties/ Damac Hotels & Resorts
The property development company’s hospitality arm — Damac Hotels & Resorts is looking to boost its current portfolio of 1,700 hotel units over the next three years, delivering 15,000 operational units by 2021.

Taras Ettl

Vice president Middle East & Asia, Deutsche Hospitality
In April 2018 the group opened its third property in Tunisia — the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba on the Gulf of Hammamet — joining two hotels that opened in the country in 2017: Steigenberger Kantaoui Bay, and Jaz in Sousse. Deutsche Hospitality’s current portfolio of 10 hotels is set to nearly double, with eight new properties in the pipeline in GCC markets.

Michael Wale

Chief executive officer, Kerzner International
Adding to its One&Only portfolio in Dubai, the group will open a new One&Only Urban Resorts in 2020. The property will be located within the One Za’abeel development in the Za’abeel district.

Prateek Kumar

Regional vice president EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International is in an important growth phase, which will see the company’s current portfolio of 27 hotels surpass 70 worldwide within the next four years.

Jose Silva

Chief executive officer, Jumeirah Group
The group also opened its first property in Bahrain — Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain — in February this year, and further expansion into new markets, is planned, Silva tells Hotelier Middle East.

By THE NUMBERS

4 Number of years in role 

21 Number of years with company 

11 Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018

12 Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

 

Kurt Straub

Vice president of operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia, Hyatt
In his new role, Straub will guide the group as it embarks on its ambitious expansion strategy to double its portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022.

Vincent Miccolis

Regional general manager, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, The Ascott Limited
As regional general manager, Miccolis has spearheaded The Ascott Limited’s entry into new markets such as Turkey, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

Amine E. Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels Group MENA
Louvre Hotels relaunched its Golden Tulip brand to cater to millennial travellers.

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations & development for the Middle East, Africa & India, Swiss-Belhotel International
A seasoned hotelier, Laurent A. Voivenel has ambitious plans for Swiss-Belhotel International’s operations in the region.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality Company
Dur Hospitality is one of the largest and longest-standing hospitality companies in Saudi Arabia.

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman, Damac Properties/ Damac Hotels & Resorts
The property development company’s hospitality arm — Damac Hotels & Resorts is looking to boost its current portfolio of 1,700 hotel units over the next three years, delivering 15,000 operational units by 2021.

Taras Ettl

Vice president Middle East & Asia, Deutsche Hospitality
In April 2018 the group opened its third property in Tunisia — the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba on the Gulf of Hammamet — joining two hotels that opened in the country in 2017: Steigenberger Kantaoui Bay, and Jaz in Sousse. Deutsche Hospitality’s current portfolio of 10 hotels is set to nearly double, with eight new properties in the pipeline in GCC markets.

Michael Wale

Chief executive officer, Kerzner International
Adding to its One&Only portfolio in Dubai, the group will open a new One&Only Urban Resorts in 2020. The property will be located within the One Za’abeel development in the Za’abeel district.

Prateek Kumar

Regional vice president EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International is in an important growth phase, which will see the company’s current portfolio of 27 hotels surpass 70 worldwide within the next four years.

Jose Silva

Chief executive officer, Jumeirah Group
The group also opened its first property in Bahrain — Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain — in February this year, and further expansion into new markets, is planned, Silva tells Hotelier Middle East.