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Hermann Simon Appointed Senior Vice President for
Kuwaiti Based Refad Hotels & Resorts

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Dubai, May 5   2005 - - Refad Hotels & Resorts, a new exciting Kuwaiti based hotel developer and management company has appointed Hermann Simon as its new Senior Vice President in charge of 'worldwide' operations.  

A seasoned hotelier with a strong customer driven focus, Simon's primary objective 
will be to guide Refad Hotels & Resorts' growth in the future. 

A 30-year veteran of the global hotel industry, Hermann Simon said: "Refad Hotels is resourceful  group and has an excellent platform to build on  a great vision for the future.  This is a fantastic opportunity to create a collection of superb, individual hotels offering a superior product, with a strong focus on guest satisfaction ". Prior to joining Refad Hotels & Resorts, Hermann held various management positions for prestigious and world famous hotel brands, including Hilton International and ITT Sheraton Hotels & Resorts for more than 15 years.  

His numerous positions with Sheraton included management spells at Sheraton’s in Lisbon, Tehran, Istanbul, London and Dubai. He was appointed General Manager for the Sheraton Dhaka in 1983.

A native of Austria, Simon is a graduate in Hotel and Tourism Administration of the Berlin Hotel School.  He has received numerous awards for his successes in the tourism and hotel industry including the prestigious "Sheraton Presidents Award" for outstanding performance. He was also nominated for the  "ITT Harold S. Geneen Award". Furthermore he was awarded the Golden Medal of Touristic Merit by the Government of the Republic of Portugal during his time at the Cliff Bay Hotel in Madeira. 

The then President of Austria Kurt Waldheim awarded him the "Golden Insignia of Merit of the Republic of Austria" for his contributions to the Hotel Industry. He is a qualified CHA "Certified Hotel Administrator" from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel  & Motel Association.  

The Refad group is aiming to be one of the leading hotel groups in the Middle East. The group comprises individually styled brands, including The MONARCH, specifically targeted to appeal to elite business executives and leisure travellers.

The SQUARE, where high- level frequent business and leisure travellers can relax in a friendly, centrally located hotel where superb conference facilities and innovative services dominate. 

Meanwhile, REFAD Resorts provides the ideal environment for total relaxation and privacy. Each resort has its own unique character and locally inspired décor, whilst the facilities and services are unsurpassed. The FOUR STARS, a mid-scale hotel - concentrates on making every guest’s stay an enjoyable and memorable one while maintaining a casual ambience and reasonable pricing. The RESTER with its sub brands such as The Palace and The Residence are considered comfortable and affordable residential products that caters for the extended stay.

During a press conference at the Arabian Travel Market 2005 in Dubai, the company announced the construction of the five-star hotel ‘The Monarch’ at Oqyana, which represents the Australian Continent of ‘The World’, a breathtaking island project of the coast of Jumeirah. The World is a collection of 300 islands in the shape of continents off the coast of Dubai.  

Contact:

THE MONARCH GmbH. 
Kaiser-Augustus-Strasse 36 
93333 Bad Goegging 
Tel: 00 49 9445 98-0 Direct 
Fax: 00 49 9445 98888 
www.monarchbadgoegging.com
www.refad.com

Also See: Giant Leap In Dubai, 31 Hotels Being Built or Confirmed for Future Construction / May 2004


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