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 Mounir Sami and Jonathan Pace Appointed to
GM Positions at Corinthia Hotels in Malta
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1st December 2008 - Mounir Sami, previously general manager of the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, has been appointed general manager of the Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay Malta and joins the hotel following a long and impressive international career in senior hotel management. 
 
He was educated at the Swiss Hotel School and at the Cornell University in the United States of America. Mounir is a Canadian citizen and is fluent in English, French, German and Arabic. His career spans top executive appointments with Hilton International, the Al Baraka Group of Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Ramada Hotels International and Commonwealth Holiday Inns of Canada. During this time, he has held general management positions in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Canada. Prior to joining CHI Hotels & Resorts, Mounir was the general manager of the Ramses Hilton in Cairo.
 
Jonathan Pace, previously deputy general manager at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard, has been appointed general manager of the Marina Hotel at the Corinthia Beach Resort. 
 
At 27, Jonathan is CHI Hotels & Resorts’ youngest ever hotel general manager. He obtained his Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Studies from ITS Malta and following a year at the famous Gleneagles Hotel and stints at the Corinthia Hotel Prague and Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel in Tripoli, joined Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa as conference and events executive and later food and beverage manager. Jonathan was promoted to deputy general manager where, in tandem with the hotel general manager, he was responsible for the overall operation of the hotel. 
 
Both general managers will report directly to Tony Potter, CHI Hotels & Resorts’ managing director & CEO.


From left: Mr. Jonathan Pace and Mr. Mounir Sami

The decision to appoint two independent general managers for the two hotels has been made in order to ensure the appropriate focus and attention to detail to each property and its customers. The overall Corinthia Beach Resort experience to the customer will continue to be a seamless operation offering one of the Mediterranean’s largest resort complexes featuring a range of hotel accommodation, restaurants, lido operation, pool operations, spa facilities and extensive conference and banqueting options.
 
Tony Potter commented today from the Group’s Headquarter in Floriana “I am delighted that CHI is continuing to make first class management appointments across the globe such as these two general managers. In Mounir Sami, the Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay will be operated by one of the industry’s true veterans, who will be able to bring the appropriate management style and experience in order to maintain Corinthia Hotel’s place as one of the leading 5-Star properties in the Mediterranean. In Jonathan Pace, we have a tremendous opportunity to develop a young and dynamic Maltese hotel professional to be one of Europe’s leading general managers of the future. Both general managers, with their outstanding teams, will, I am sure, be able to position their respective properties as the very best in their markets. Given our intention to further develop the spirit of the Corinthia brand to reflect the colors, flavors and experience of the Maltese Islands, it is particularly appropriate that all three of our general managers in Malta, including Italico Rota at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, report directly to myself, along with our two recently appointed regional vice presidents in the regions of Western Europe and Africa and the Middle East. I am particularly proud of our CHI Team and look forward to promoting the Corinthia brand in our exciting new destinations in London, Sharm El Sheikh, Bucharest and Benghazi.”
 
ABOUT CHI HOTELS & RESORTS
Based in Malta, CHI Hotels & Resorts (CHI) is a leading hands-on hotel management company that provides the full range of technical assistance and management services to hotel owners worldwide. CHI is the exclusive operator and developer for the luxury Corinthia Hotels brand as well as the Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands in Europe, Africa and The Middle East. The Company draws on a heritage of over 45 years in delivering high quality services to hotel guests and an optimum rate of return to owners and investors in diverse business environments. Our experience across our three brands extends to management of luxury and upscale properties in city and resort locations and products ranging from boutique to conference and Spa hotels. CHI also operates various restaurants under brands such as ‘Rickshaw’ and has its own Spa division. CHI has won the coveted title of ‘Leading Provider of Travel Deals, Europe’ at the ‘Travelzoo Awards 2008’ gala ceremony held recently in Chicago, USA. CHI Hotels & Resorts is a joint venture between International Hotel Investments plc (IHI) – 70% and The Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) – 30%. 

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Contact:

MANUEL BRIFFA
Phone: +356 2551 1146
e-mail: mbriffa@corinthia.com
 

Also See: Istithmar Hotels of Dubai Investing 178 million Euros in Wyndham Hotel Group’s European Partner, Corinthia Hotels International / December 2006
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