Roya speakers at AHIC 2017
Catch Roya at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2017 at Madinat Jumeirah from 25th - 27th April.
On day 2, 26th April, Kees Hartzuiker, Chief Executive Officer, Ròya International will join a panel discussion on "Stripping away the segments: The new era of hoteliers offer brands that are synonymous with a certain lifestyle. What do these so-called disruptive brands offer investors?"
On day 3, 27th April, Rabih Feghali, Director - Business Development, Ròya International will discuss "An A to Z of reflagging your hotel: Learn how to work with an operator to accept a potential exit and how to target a replacement operator from those that have successfully managed to reflag their properties. Consider the reasons for reflagging and the legal and financial ramifications"
Join us for what promises to be a fascinating event.
GM Leaders Conference 2017 - Meet our team
This May 3rd at W Dubai al Habtoor City, top GM's from the region will be attending the 2017 edition of the GM Leaders Conference.
Rabih Feghali, director, business development, Roya International will be joining a panel entitled " Battling with the OTAs" The battle between hoteliers and online travel agents (OTAs) will continue in 2017, with each side vying for its piece of the pie. The big hotel operators, such as Hilton and Marriott have invested in major direct booking campaigns, however they cannot turn their backs on the huge distribution power of the OTAs. Meanwhile, the OTAs continue to seek hotel chains’ lowest rates so they can offer customers the widest range of choices possible. How can hoteliers reduce their dependence on the OTAs and get better terms? What role does loyalty play?
Join us for this fascinating discussion.
Ròya initiates hospitality industry leadership roundtable aiming to support increased employment of GCC Nationals in the profession
AHIC 2017 showcases unique public-private sector independent advisory board formed to find common programs and best practices to attract local talent.
25th April 2017 DUBAI – An industry roundtable composed of GCC government tourism bodies, major hotel chain management and private sector industry stakeholders met on April 10th to form a voluntary advisory board for encouraging national citizen hospitality industry employment.
The session was hosted by Ahmed Ramdan, founder of Ròya International, while Jonathan Worsley of Bench Events acted as the session moderator. In what was the first event of its kind in the GCC, all participants, whether from the industry or the supporting government bodies, joined together to share the current challenges and opportunities in regional citizen employment.
Mr. Ramdan stated, ‘”Like every industry, our success depends on attracting the best and brightest talent. To do this, we should work together to change current perceptions and misunderstandings about the real opportunities hospitality offer locally and internationally. Our objective is to move negative opinions and misconceptions into positive territory.”
Putting aside all competitive programs, the group candidly shared current practices, initiatives, experiences and feedback to effect major positive changes for the good of all GCC stakeholders and agreed to form an advisory board to be headed by Mr. Ramdan. The new board will meet 2-3 times annually to create an umbrella industry initiative based on testimonials and success stories from current GCC team members.
The board members will also set up a steering committee, made up of regional HR leaders, tasked with meeting to explore innovation and common best practices.
The meeting ended with the following agreed common objectives;
- The creation of a dedicated hospitality industry career fair to be held annually in the region, specifically targeted at GCC youth and young job seekers;
- To emphasize to existing GCC hospitality industry employees, the prospect of international career opportunities and transfers within their respective organizations, providing them with another dimension for career fulfillment;
- Support new initiatives through digital platforms to host and showcase the various positive opportunities and diverse fields of the GCC and global hospitality industry.
In conclusion, Mr. Worsley commented: ” So many young people think that hospitality only means F&B or reception roles. One of our key goals is to explain that this critical industry needs every kind of talent from accountants to engineers, architects to events planners and marketing professionals. The real purpose of our new industry forum is to work with government bodies and the private sector to spread that message far and wide in order to attract young talent from the GCC region”.
The full announcement of the industry roundtable initiative and a film featuring the highlights of the event was presented at AHIC before the awards.
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