Wyndham Hotels & Resorts promotes Panos Loupasis

Dubai: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,100 hotels spanning more than 95 countries, has announced the promotion of Panos Loupasis to the role of Market Managing Director for Türkiye, the Middle East and Africa. In his newly expanded role, Panos Loupasis will be at the helm of driving brand operations, business development, as well as owner relations and commercial leadership across the region.As an integral part of Wyndham’s leadership and development team for more than ten years, Panos Loupasis has played a key role in driving the Company’s expansion across the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa region. In the Middle East and Africa region alone, Wyndham has reached approximately 70 properties. In his expanded role, Panos Loupasis will also be responsible for Türkiye, a key growth market for Wyndham with a portfolio of approximately 100 hotels across more than 40 cities, supported by Murat Özel, Wyndham’s newly appointed Country Director of Türkiye.Dimitris Manikis, President, Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said: “Since joining Wyndham in 2011, Panos has played an invaluable role in our successful growth in the region, helping to elevate our presence to new heights through new signings and brand entries. His exceptional leadership skills, strategic vision, and deep understanding of the industry make Panos the ideal person to lead our strategy for the region, and we are confident that, together with his talented team, he will continue to deliver exceptional results.”Panos Loupasis, Market Managing Director Türkiye, Middle East and Africa at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said: “As destinations that provide a truly unique travel and hospitality experience, Türkiye, the Middle East and Africa markets offer incredible potential for growth with ambitious goals over the coming years. I am excited to step into this new role and continue to expand and promote Wyndham as the preferred brand and partner in these exciting markets.”

Valor Hospitality Partners name Cluster GM for four properties

 Valor Hospitality Partners Middle East has appointed hospitality veteran Thierry Perrot as the Cluster General Manager to oversee the four hotels that have transitioned to be managed by Valor Hospitality Partners while continuing to work under their existing brands.Perrot’s most recent role as Cluster General Manager for the Wyndham Dubai, Deira, Days Hotel by Wyndham and Super 8 by Wyndham, saw responsibility for 515 keys for the three properties located in the Deira Enrichment Project, adjacent to Dubai’s historic Gold Souk area, Dubai Creek and the Corniche.The successful transition will see his role as Cluster General Manager for the Wyndham Deira hotels evolve to include the Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Dubai’s first-ever 5-star hotel, which opened in 1975. His purview now comprises a portfolio of 800 plus keys and more than 20 food and beverage outlets, covering two, three, four and five-star ratings across the four properties, with one of the most diverse scale of properties in the market.As a venerable hotelier, Perrot has spent more than 25 years in the region, of which the last 10 years have been in the UAE in cluster roles for IHG Hotels & Resorts and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. His international experience of over 40 years across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, covering multiple high-value hotel assets, has seen Perrot carry the transition, renovation and delivery of hotels and clusters to maximum performance through his stewardship. He has a consistent record of conceptualising and implementing innovative hotel operations that deliver on both service quality and profitability.When speaking of the appointment, Julien Bergue, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Valor Hospitality Partners Middle East, said: “Thierry Perrot is the ideal guardian for these properties; his ability to adapt to change and drive to perform have been evident in his successes with the Wyndham Deira properties and we feel he’s going to bring his operational excellence to the fore and build a team of future hoteliers through his transformational leadership.”A graduate of C.H.F Besancon’s Hotel School in France and the USA’s Cornell University’s Senior Executive Programme, Perrot has achieved a series of qualifications both within hospitality and the business spheres, as part of his drive to bring better performance to profit and motivating teams under his guidance. “The prospects that lay ahead with the joint venture, and these four properties in particular are an exciting challenge to any hotelier. I’m pleased to have this opportunity to show how a diverse portfolio of hotels can perform in concert, sharing market knowledge and industry exertise, serving the various customers that each of these hotels provide for, particularly in Dubai’s traditional business district, with its wealth of historical sites and the enduring legacy it plays in the city’s success” said Perrot.