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News & numbers Risk factors for investment Amsterdam London Berlin Paris


Top 10 European cities for investment in the hospitality sector Barcelona


Lisbon Frankfurt Munich Rome Madrid


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3rd Demand fluctuations


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Protectionism Lack of economic growth (closed borders)


of European respondents


9th 60% 17% 40% Brexit of UK 72% UK outlook


I am optimistic about the long-term future (5 years+) of the UK hotel market.


11% 13% 33%


Investment into the UK hotel sector will continue to grow over the next 5 years.


38% respondents of European respondents Movers and shakers 2% 3% 21%


16% 36% 2% 6% 19%


Strongly agree Slightly agree


Neither agree or disagree


Slightly disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know


Deloitte European Hotel Industry Survey 2021


Geraldine Dobey has been appointed as general manager of Mandarin Oriental, Paris. Previously part of the leadership team at the Group’s Geneva property, Geraldine will now oversee the running of Mandarin Oriental, Geneva and Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech. Dobey comes with considerable experience, having served as general manager of the Hilton Paris, which she ran for five years before taking charge of the Hilton Arc de Triomphe and then Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris. She is well regarded within the industry, winning general manager of the year at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards in 2019. Elsewhere in the French capital, Jean- Marie Le Gall will take over the general management of Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s on 1 September 2021. Le Gall brings 28 years of experience in operational strategy and sales, and marketing management in the luxury hotel sector, previously working as operations manager at the luxurious Majestic Hotel and overseeing general management of the Palace Hotel (formerly Ritz) in Barcelona.


Another French appointment sees Boris Messmer, formerly hotel manager at The Connaught, take over as general manager of The Maybourne Riviera, opening later this


Hotel Management International / www.hmi-online.com


summer on the Côte d’Azur. The hotel will be the first French property of Maybourne Hotel Group, operators of Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in London. Meanwhile, in Poland, Britta Kutz has taken on the mantle of general manager at the InterContinental Warsaw, becoming the first woman to land the role at that hotel. Kutz has previously worked at the InterContinental Düsseldorf as general manager and brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously worked in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Most recently, London has also seen a number of new appointments with Eli Jafari promoted to managing director of The Standard hotel, Marshall Eid take over as hotel manager at The Franklin, and Stuart Geddes become managing director at The Lanesborough.


Meanwhile, in the Middle East, Charles


Gadot has been appointed general manager of Voco Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Michael Schmid will take on the same role at The Jaffa, luxury collection hotel, Tel Aviv, and Karim Tayach is area general manager GCC (excluding the United Arab Emirates). Tayach is now overseeing Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl and Kempinski Residences & Suites in Doha, Kempinski Hotel Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, as well as Kempinski Al Othman Hotel Al Khobar in Saudi-Arabia.


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