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The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has appointed two industry experts to its global advisory board.
The new appointees, who have a combined experience of over 50 years in the hospitality and tourism sector, will play a pivotal role in directing project towards welcoming its first guests at the end of 2022.
Frances-Anne Keeler (ex-Tourism Australia and VisitBritain) and Piers Schmidt (founder of Luxury Branding) join the existing international advisory board of eight leaders in business, investment, tourism, sustainability and conservation with immediate effect.
John Pagano, chief executive of TRSDC, said: “As we prepare to welcome our first visitors to the destination next year, our focus is turning towards how we share the treasures of the Red Sea Project.
“We are delighted to welcome the new advisory board members, whose experience will be instrumental in our preparation for launch.”
Keeler has over 25 years of experience across hospitality and tourism, business and events and education and financial services.
Having previously served as Tourism Australia’s deputy chief executive officer and VisitBritain’s executive director of Europe, she has led international strategy, marketing and operations across multiple markets.
Schmidt brings over 25 years of experience in advising luxury brands.
In 2002, Piers founded Luxury Branding, an advisory boutique for leaders seeking to create the world’s most hospitable brands.
Upon completion in 2030, the Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.
The destination will also include a luxury marina, entertainment and leisure facilities.
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The hospitality sector has reacted with dismay to a decision to extend Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England.
Prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced earlier that the full reopening of the sector would be delayed by four weeks, until July 19th.
The decision means nightclubs will be unable to reopen, while capacity restrictions will remain in place at venues including pubs, restaurants, theatres and stadiums.
In response, UKinbound chief executive, Joss Croft, said: “Tourism businesses across the UK are balanced on a knife edge, struggling to remain viable while adhering to restrictions, and this announcement will put people’s livelihoods at risk and slow down the recovery of our towns and cities.
“Prolonging restrictions affects the whole tourism supply chain, in addition to hospitality business, and although health and safety must always come first, the government must act swiftly and implement additional support measures for both hospitality and travel businesses.”
Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA echoed the call for further support.
He said: “This delay to the full reopening of the domestic economy, which follows on from the government’s recent moves to severely restrict international travel, highlights again the importance of a rethink around ongoing financial support for businesses that continue to find their trade severely constrained by government policy.
“The government must look at extending the existing support measures for businesses, including delaying the increase in furlough contributions, extending protections from commercial landlords, and keeping full business rates relief, which are due at the end of this month.”
He added: “When it comes to travel businesses, ministers need to acknowledge that even once the domestic economy unlocks, they will continue to be under constraints within the traffic-light system.
“As we head into the critical summer season, where travel companies ordinarily earn the majority of their income, we must finally see a package of tailored financial support for travel agents and tour operators.
“Without this tailored support, we will continue to witness people across the country lose their businesses, many of which are independent family firms that have been in existence for decades, and many thousands more people will lose their jobs.”
UKHospitality urged the government to waste no time in providing details of how it will safeguard the future of thousands of venues and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said: “The decision to delay is hugely disappointing but the government has judged the evidence and acted as it sees fit.
“It does, however, jeopardise the return on investment that the government has afforded hospitality and it’s crucial that further support is announced to push us over the line.”
Nicholls said the hospitality sector had already lost more than £87 billion in sales in the pandemic leaving businesses deeply in debt and at risk of suffering “economic long Covid-19” without further support.
“Our businesses face incredible levels of debt and will now face a huge cost hike, with business rates payments set to recommence and rent accruals due at the end of the month,” she added.
“A swift indication that the business rates holiday will be extended would go a long way to bringing succour to a battered sector – paying any amount of tax while still unable to trade viably would save businesses and, in turn, tax receipts in longer term.”
Finally, Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive the Advantage Travel Partnership, called the decision a further blow to the already beleaguered sector.
“For 15 months the travel industry has been unable to trade its way to recovery due to border closers, legal barriers and a woefully short green list.
“A complete lack of government support means that many businesses are now fighting to keep the lights on,” she explained.
“We urge government to ensure that, while this domestic delay is implemented, they must still allow for international travel to return safely and in a risk managed way.”
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Adnan Yucel has been appointed by Kempinski as the new general manager at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum.
The Turkish national is now in charge of the luxury hotel, which extends over an area of 62,000 square metres in Gökova Bay with a fantastic view of the Aegean Sea.
Most recently, Yucel worked in Ghana, west Africa, as general manager at Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra.
Yucel is no stranger to Bodrum and the Turkish hotel market, where he managed the two hotels Swissôtel Resort Bodrum Beach and Bodrum Hill from 2016 to 2018, and has also worked as general manager in several Turkish Swissôtels in the past, including in Göcek and Ankara.
Stations of his career within the country have included the Hilton Adana, the Hilton Mersin and the Swissôtel the Bosphorus, Istanbul.
“We are delighted to welcome Adnan Yucel as our new general manager, right on time for the opening of the summer season at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum,” said Bernold Schroeder, chief executive of Kempinski Hotels.
“With his exceptional and longstanding experience in the international hotel industry and his distinctive network in Turkey, Adnan is the perfect fit for our luxury resort on the Aegean Sea.”
The luxurious five-star Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum, with its 149 rooms, 24 suites and 78 serviced residences, is located on the cliffs of pristine Barbaros Bay and just 14 km from the centre of Bodrum.
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