Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Appoint Senior Team
Beirut’s Latest Hotels Take on Five New Executives
Sister hotels, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace, today announced five senior appointments to spearhead activity and lead the operational teams across the two properties.
The new team at the hotels include:
Georges Karam, Director, Sales & Marketing – Georges brings 12 years of hospitality experience to the role and comprehensive knowledge of the city of Beirut. He has a team of 20 members and is responsible for all commercial activity including sales, groups, conferences, events, marketing and communications.
Rolf Jan Van Zeijl, Director of Operations – Previously working with food & beverage operations for Hilton Worldwide MEA, Rolf will lead the teams from F&B, front office, security, housekeeping, engineering and spa and fitness. Rolf is a seasoned professional with 12 years of hospitality experience.
Kasper Wigen, Marketing & Communications Manager – Kasper joins Hilton’s Beirut hotels from Hilton Al Ain, UAE and Hilton Copenhagen Airport. Kasper will be responsible for all marketing, PR and communications activity for Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace.
Trevor Bennett, Senior Chief Engineer – With a 40 year engineering background, Trevor brings a wealth of experience to this new role. He has previously worked with Hilton London Olympia and Hilton Stansted with responsibility for overseeing major refurbishment projects.
Jean Francois Pelaez, Executive Chef – With prior Michelen-star experience, Jean brings a 25 year culinary experience to this new role. He has worked in Europe as well as Africa with a number of notable international hospitality companies. He will be responsible for all culinary and kitchen areas and will report directly to the Director of Operations.
Commenting on his newly appointed team, Jean-Pierre Mainardi, General Manager of Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace said: “We’re bringing together a strong, professional team who, between them, have more than a 90 year experience in their respective areas of expertise. Together, they will be a major asset to the two hotel businesses and help bring energy and inspiration to our 400 team members.”
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 91 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
Hilton Worldwide currently operates 56 Properties in the Middle East & Africa, totalling more than 16,000 rooms across 19 countries. There are 18 hotels in Egypt, one hotel and one convention centre in Jordan, ten hotels in the UAE, six in Saudi Arabia and one each in Oman and Kuwait, 2 hotels in Lebanon, one in Qatar plus another 12 hotels in Africa and 3 hotels in the Indian Ocean. Hilton Worldwide has a signed development pipeline of an additional 39 properties across Middle East & Africa in the U.A.E, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Uganda, Nigeria and Cape Verde.
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The Hilton Reservations and Customer Care telephone numbers in the Middle East are as follows:
UAE - 8000 20000 11 Qatar - 800 20 222
KSA - 800 82000 10 Egypt - 19009
Bahrain - 8000 4058 Jordan - 00202 25805927
Kuwait - 222 56 200 Lebanon- 00202 25805928
Oman - 800 78 788 Syria - 00202 25805926