The Rezidor Hotel Group
Vice President Business Development Middle East & Africa
Elie is responsible for driving expansion opportunities and leading Rezidor’s strategic growth and hotel portfolio in the Middle East and parts of Africa.
With responsibility for increasing the Group’s regional portfolio to 100 hotels by 2020, across each of Rezidor’s core brands: Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, Radisson RED and the Quorvus Collection, Elie leads the team that have contributed towards becoming the Group’s largest and fastest growing region, with over 12,000 rooms in the pipeline and over 8,000 rooms in operation.
A Lebanese/Gambian national, Elie has over 10 years’ experience in development and asset management with international hospitality consultants, as well as a global hotel operator.Elie was formerly part of the HVS team based in London and in Dubai, where his focus was on conducting feasibility studies, valuations, ROI analyses and strategic advice across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joined Rezidor in 2010 as Business Development Manager quickly rising to his current VP role within the organisation.
Elie’s strengths lie in his ability to execute strategic agreements for new-build and conversion opportunities while forging strong relationships with new and existing owners. He is adept at assessing market conditions and gathering intelligence, turning opportunities into business.
Elie has a BA in Hospitality Management & Tourism from Notre Dame University in Lebanon and an MBA in International Hospitality Management specialising in Hotel Real Estate and Finance from the renowned IMHI – ESSEC Business School in Paris.
A passionate hotelier, Elie began his career more than 15 years ago in hotel operations immersing himself in all facets of hotel management before specialising in hotel real estate, finance and development.View all Speakers
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