Returning to the Middle East in a new regional role, Sayess will oversee five Four Seasons properties in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Azerbaijan. Seasoned hospitality veteran, Rami Sayess, will assume a new senior role effective mid-November 2013, as Regional Vice President for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Doha, bringing to his new position a global perspective balanced with rich regional knowledge and experience.
Building on an eight-year tenure with Four Seasons, Sayess will make the transition from his current position 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.
In his role as Regional Vice President, Sayess will oversee Four Seasons hotels in five markets, namely Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Azerbaijan.
Commenting on the appointment, Christopher W. Norton, President Hotel Operations Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “Vigorous expansion within the hospitality sector sees Qatar’s supply of rooms expected to almost double*, while unprecedented growth in air connectivity by the country’s national carrier has seen Qatar emerge as a major transit hub. The market is more mature and more competitive than ever before, making it imperative that the right person is placed at the helm to maintain Four Seasons leadership position. Rami Sayess has the practical, hands-on style of leadership and the breadth of experience that are perfect for inspiring the best among the multicultural teams he is set to oversee.”
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.
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