News for the Hospitality Executive
April 4, 2012 (London) - Dorchester Collection is delighted to announce the appointment of Arabella El Barkouki as director of sales and marketing of Le Richemond . With over ten years of experience in the hospitality and hotel industry and as a fluent French speaker, El Barkouki was previously Dorchester Collection's regional sales director for the U.K. Set on the banks of Lake Geneva, Le Richemond joined Dorchester Collection on August 1, 2011. The prestigious 109-room hotel is the company's first third-party management agreement.
As regional sales director, El Barkouki was responsible for three regional sales managers in Dorchester Collection and was involved in the implementation of Dorchester Collection's first regional UK office, including reporting systems, sales plans and budgets. She was also part of the team charged with maximizing revenue across all of the collection's nine hotels alongside the hotels' sales teams.
El Barkouki's previous experience includes The Hempel hotel, London as senior sales manager and Four Seasons Canary Wharf as director of sales.
François Delahaye, Dorchester Collection's chief operating officer, comments, "We are delighted a seasoned professional of Arabella El Barkouki's caliber will be moving to Le Richemond as director of sales and marketing. With her esteemed reputation and extensive industry knowledge and experience, she is a valuable addition to the on-property team."
Commenting on her new role, El Barkouki says, "I look forward to meeting the challenges that this new role at Le Richemond presents and leading the team at such a landmark hotel, particularly with the exciting upcoming plans for its refurbishment."
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world's foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company's mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.
The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group):
The Dorchester, London
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
Le Meurice, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
Coworth Park, Ascot, UK
45 Park Lane, London
Le Richemond, Geneva
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Agreement / July 2011
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