Riyadh Takes Center Stage at Decade-Milestone Retail Leaders Circle Summit

Retail Leaders Circle (RLC), Middle East and North Africa’s preeminent annual strategic forum for the retail, real estate, tourism and related sectors, announces the theme of its 10th edition: "Fearless Innovation: Charting the Next Frontiers". The flagship event will convene notable global and regional industry leaders on February 19-20, 2024 at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh to highlight the importance of international dialogue, action, and consensus to drive systemic positive change.The 10th anniversary edition of the Summit will see a confluence of global CEOs, senior policymakers, innovators, and investors from over 40 countries and across industries, including retail, real estate, tourism, and technology, to drive discussions and share their diverse perspectives and experiences.Themes of discussion will include:The New Growth AgendaThe Lifestyle Destinations FrontiersAI & Tech: Powering ProgressLeadership in the New NormalPurpose, Profit and Conscious ConsumerismThe Future Disruption Catalysts."For a decade, Retail Leaders Circle has cemented its legacy by pushing boundaries, embracing disruption, and pioneering change in the global retail industry," said Panos Linardos, Chairman of Retail Leaders Circle. "Riyadh is the ideal host city for the 10th anniversary of Retail Leaders Circle as Saudi Arabia's retail narrative extends beyond commerce; it exemplifies how, through fearless cross-industry innovation and collaboration, retail can redefine a nation's trajectory."As part of Saudi Arabia’s transformative journey towards becoming a top global retail hub and the biggest in the Middle East and Africa, Retail Leaders Circle also highlights the retail sector's pivotal role as a key pillar of Vision 2030. A cornerstone of the Kingdom’s GDP, retail fuels economic growth, emphasizing non-oil revenue streams and invigorating consumer spending.By serving as a strategic platform for influential conversations, Retail Leaders Circle acknowledges Saudi Arabia's retail milestones and positions the Kingdom as a leading force in the global retail landscape.

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.”