Thursday, November 14, 2019

Travel, Tourism & Hospitality


Swissôtel Al Ghurair Dubai names new GM
September 2019 694
Leading hospitality group Accor has appointed Dominic Arel, an industry veteran with more than 20 years of hospitality experience, as the new general manager of Swissôtel Al Ghurair & Swissôtel Living Al Ghurair in Dubai. 
 
Joining from Al Wadi MGallery Doha, within the Accor portfolio, Arel will lead the strategic direction and operations of the Swissôtel Al Ghurair complex.
 
An experienced hotelier, Dominic has a proven track record of leading international luxury hotels in the GCC, Europe and Americas. 
 
Arel started his career with Accor in 1996 where he worked in the front office operation and revenue department at Novotel Montréal. He played an instrumental role as Director of Revenue Management in the successful opening of Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile in 2002, which was the first Sofitel to open in Montreal and Canada. 
 
He was then promoted to post of Director of Operations within a span of four years followed by the position of a Hotel Manager.
 
In 2011, Arel moved to Dubai as hotel manager for Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach and managed the property for two consecutive years. He then moved to Portugal in 2013, where he was the General Manager at Sofitel Lisbon for three years.
 
Arel then decided to come back to the Middle East to successfully open the first MGallery in Doha and had held the position of General Manager since October 2016. 
 
“Having held a number of leadership positions within Accor worldwide, I’m delighted to be joining Swissôtel Al Ghurair at such an exciting time," stated Arel. 
 
"The property has much more to offer than a hotel, it is as unique travel and leisure destination where guests get to experience the swiss hospitality in the heart of Dubai”. I look forward to welcoming guests from across the globe to this very unique destination” stating Dominic on his new role," he added. 
 
Swissôtel Al Ghurair and Swissôtel Living Al Ghurair opened its doors in February last year. It was officially launched as the first ever Swissôtel in UAE featurin 620 rooms, suites and apartments, three food and beverage outlets with wide choice of delightful dishes and well-appointed Swissôtel Spa & Sport, the perfect escape to unwind your body, mind and soul. 
 
Arel is a graduate from the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec in Hotel Management and from the University of Montréal (HEC), Canada. He also completed the International Hospitality Management Program at the Accor Academy in Paris, in partnership with ESSEC School in France.-TradeArabia News Service 







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