|KABUL, Afghanistan (July 4, 2006) – The Kabul Serena Hotel is pleased
to announce that it has appointed Martin Wessels as the hotel’s Director
Martin is a highly experienced sales and marketing professional and will lead the hotel’s sales efforts both within Afghanistan and internationally. Martin joins the hotel from Scot Holland, the Central Asian real estate company, where he was in charge of real estate consultancy specialising in human resources for the energy sector.
The Kabul Serena Hotel was opened last November and is located in the centre of Kabul; the Kabul Serena Hotel has provided Kabul with a world-class hotel for international visitors to the City and is also becoming an important resource for Kabul residents. The hotel employs over 300 staff, 90% of whom are Afghan.
Christopher Newbery, the hotel’s General Manager, says: “This is an
important appointment for the Kabul Serena and so I am delighted to welcome
Martin to the hotel. As Kabul’s premier international hotel the sales
function will be extremely important to establishing our credentials as
one of the leading hotels in the central Asian region and as the hotel
of choice for the discerning visitor to Afghanistan.”
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private development agencies working to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia and the Middle East. The Network’s agencies work for the common good of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion and its underlying impulse is the ethic of compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for philanthropic activity is in excess of US$300 million.