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Christian Hirt to Lead Executive Team of Raffles and Fairmont Hotels in Doha


Christian Hirt

Christian Hirt, a hospitality trade knowledgeable with greater than 25 years of expertise, has been appointed by Accor as Managing Director of the soon-to-open Raffles and Fairmont motels in Doha – the enduring, dual-branded properties housed inside Qatar’s landmark Lusail Towers.

Hirt, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration, brings to the management function nearly three a long time of hospitality and F&B experience, honed in award-wining properties throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. He will head an skilled, multi-national government staff with many members having been concerned within the launch and relaunch of nationwide landmark motels and resorts.

“Overseeing the opening of those two distinct properties that share a typical imaginative and prescient to ship the final word visitor expertise is an distinctive alternative, much more so once they characterize a rustic’s aspiring tourism and hospitality technique,” stated Hirt. “With Qatar set to be on the centre of the sporting world when it hosts the Middle East’s first FIFA World Cup 2022 later this 12 months, that is really a once-in-a-lifetime alternative.”

Hirt moved to Qatar from the multi-award-winning Raffles Istanbul, the place he spent six years as General Manager, constructed up a global clientele base and secured notable trade accolades together with Travel & Leisure’s ‘Best City Hotel Europe 2019’, Conde Nast Traveller’s ‘Best Hotel in Turkey’ and incomes the resort 5 stars within the Forbes Travel Guide for 3 consecutive years.

“Christian has the eagerness, pedigree, innovation and cross-cultural experience wanted to encourage and ship the distinctive ranges of service related to each manufacturers: Fairmont and Raffles, which can develop into synonymous with this iconic constructing,” stated Mark Willis, CEO India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey.

“Housed inside an architectural marvel that will likely be immediately recognised globally as Qatar’s assertion hospitality postcard, the properties will ship on world-renowned high quality providers, and on the model promise of one of many world’s most enjoyable rising tourism locations.

Hani Akkari
Bernd Frank Knaier

The venture’s newly appointed Executive Team consists of French/Lebanese hotelier Hani Akkari, who will function General Manager of the 362 rooms and suites on the Fairmont Doha, and German hospitality skilled Bernd Frank Knaier, who will likely be Hotel Manager on the 132-suite Raffles Hotel and Residences Doha.

Akkari, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and a Master’s in Hospitality Management, brings intensive expertise, together with greater than a decade working throughout Europe, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and, since 2017, Qatar. Knaier in the meantime has been a key member of the Raffles household since 2011, becoming a member of first the historic five-star Raffles Beijing, earlier than transferring to Raffles Singapore in 2014.

“The government staff charged with delivering our mission might come from completely different geographies and cultures, however all share a stable and passionate dedication to deliver to Qatar an modern strategy to hospitality that can reverberate all over the world. I’m assured their mixed efforts will firmly place Qatar on the world’s hospitality and culinary stage and set benchmarks that others will aspire to,” defined Hirt.

The towers are an architectural interpretation of Qatar’s nationwide emblem of intertwined conventional scimitar swords. They mark the entry of each the Fairmont and Raffles manufacturers into Qatar, following an settlement between Katara Hospitality, and Accor.

Both Raffles Hotel and Residences Doha and the Fairmont Doha are as a result of open in Q3 2022 forward of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.



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