Rami Sayess appointed Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Hospitality veteran, Rami Sayess, has assumed a new senior role as Regional Vice President for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Doha. In his role as Regional Vice President, Sayess will oversee Four Seasons hotels in five markets, namely Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Azerbaijan.
He has been with Four Seasons for eight years, previously serving as Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Thailand, where the company manages four properties. The new role also signals a return to the Middle East for Sayess, with previous positions at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh as General Manager and as Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Amman, his induction into Four Seasons in 2005.
Prior to joining Four Seasons, Sayess held assignments with other leading global hospitality brands in Geneva, Düsseldorf, London, Dubai, Mauritius, Beirut, Bahrain and Kuwait.
"This is an exciting time to be part of the region's hospitality industry, and particularly so that of Qatar. The preparations for the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in 2022 and other major infrastructure initiatives such as the Doha International Airport expansion and significant investments being made by the Qatar Tourism Authority make Doha the city to watch in terms of financial, cultural and touristic growth - and all these elements present a wonderful opportunity for Four Seasons," said Sayess.
Dockside Group appoints new Director of Sales and Events
Sydney's Dockside Group has appointed international hospitality professional, Mike Sarino, to the newly created position of Director of Sales and Events.
Sarino's experience includes 13 years leading sales, marketing, conference and events teams for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and more recently he was Director of Sales and Marketing at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Sarino is charged with expanding the company's operations at their new venue Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour and as the exclusive caterer for the new Sydney Convention Centre @ Glebe Island.
Table 9 announces new Chef Patron at Hilton Dubai Creek
Hilton Dubai Creek's award-winning restaurant, table 9, has confirmed the name of its new Chef Patron. British-born Darren Velvick comes to table 9 directly from the Michelin-starred restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, a renowned London hotel located in the heart of the capital's premier district of Knightsbridge.
Velvick's arrival at table 9 is a coup for Dubai Hilton Creek, as it sought to replace the successful outgoing team, Nick Alvis and Scott Price.
Velvick started his career with Gordon Ramsey Holdings in 1999 before working his way up to become the head chef at fine-dining restaurant, Petrus. He also went on to assist in the opening of The Gilbert Scott restaurant alongside his long-time colleague and mentor, Marcus Wareing.
Two new board members for VisitEngland
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has appointed two new Members to the Board of VisitEngland, chaired by Penelope, Viscountess Cobham. The new members of the UK's national tourist board, Sarah Dunning, appointed for five years and Nigel Halkes for four years, are both from solid tourism backgrounds.
Sarah Dunning is the award-winning Chief Executive of Westmorland, a hospitality, catering and retail business based in Cumbria. She joined the family business in 1999, and was previously working in finance and recruitment. She is a Patron of Eden Valley Hospice, a Trustee of Lakeland Arts, and Scout Ambassador for Cumbria, and was recently awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list.
Nigel Halkes was a Managing Partner at Ernst and Young until December 2013, following a long career with the company in a variety of senior roles involving major operators in tourism and hospitality, as well as businesses in telecommunications and other sectors. He is also an Elected Member of the CBI London Council.