News for the Hospitality Executive
|Dubai, UAE and Istanbul, Turkey, March
2012: Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and
a member of Dubai Holding, has signed a management agreement with Demsa
Group, a leading Turkish company specialising in the luxury and fashion
retail industry and representing 13 global brands, to operate the Pera
Palace Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. Jumeirah Group will assume management
of the luxury museum hotel from 01 May 2012 and the property will be
known as Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah.
Pera Palace Hotel originally opened in 1892 as the destination hotel in Istanbul for discerning travellers on the Orient Express train. Its elegant, understated design reflects art nouveau, neoclassical and oriental styles, complete with white Carrara marble, exquisite Murano glass chandeliers and hand-woven Ousak carpets. Known as the longest established luxury hotel in Istanbul, Pera Palace boasted the first electric elevator in Turkey and its rooms have hosted many of the world’s most significant figures, ranging from the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, to European royalty and cultural figures such as Agatha Christie, Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Hemingway.
The addition of Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah brings the number of luxury hotels, resorts and residences currently operated by Jumeirah around the world to 19. From the start of 2011 to the end of 2012, the Group will have more than doubled the number of hotels it manages and almost quadrupled the number of countries in which it operates. In the coming six months Jumeirah expects to open Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, Kuwait; and Jumeirah Creekside in Dubai, UAE.
About DEMSA Group:
Demsa Group has been established in 2000 as a retail trade company and Cengiz Çetindoğan is Executive Chairman. In just 12 years, Demsa has succeeded in opening 109 shops around Turkey, now employing more than 900 employees.
With its strong capital structure and strong belief in the growing retail sector, it has become an important player in Turkey’s retail industry, providing jobs for the young and dynamic population of Turkey.
Representing famous global brands such as Harvey Nichols and Michael Kors and being one of the most important companies in the luxury and fashion retail industry, Demsa Group’s investments in real estate property, hotels and restaurants continue to grow.
Within the framework of these investments, Demsa Group bought the land property of Maçka Hotel in 2010 and obtanied the ownership rights for Pera Palace Hotel in 2012. With these ventures, Demsa Group has emerged as the investor of two of the most important hotel projects in İstanbul. Demsa Group’s investments in the luxury hotel and restaurant segment continue with great determination.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah in Istanbul; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah
Sezen Basaran, Public Relations Manager
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
Group Appoints Ross McAuley as Vice President, Brand Marketing and Shaf
Butt as Director of Marketing for the Dubai Commercial Team / March
Bradley Appointed as Chief Financial Officer for Jumeirah Group /
Group Opens Three Newest European Properties in Rome, London and
Mallorca; The Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto, the Grosvenor House
Apartments by Jumeirah Living and the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel &
Spa / March 2012
Group Enters Management Agreement for New Build Resort on Island of
Bali, Indonesia; Expected to Open in 2015, Will be Known as Jumeirah
Bali / January 2012
Group Selected to Manage Grand Hotel Via Veneto in Rome; Will be
Rebranded as Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto, Rome / December 2011
Group Opens Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Located on the Arabian Gulf in
the Ras Al Akhdar Area of Abu Dhabi / November 2011
Group Opens the 218-room Jumeirah Frankfurt Hotel in Germany /
Steiner Named as Executive Chef for Soon to Open Jumeirah Frankfurt
Hotel / June 2011
Group and Dubai Duty Free Appointed to Manage New 293-room Dubai Hotel
at The Aviation Club near the Airport / February 2011
Group Appoints Stephan Huemer as General Manager and Alexandre Hulen as
Director of Sales & Marketing as Pre-Opening Team for Jumeirah
Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives / January 2011
Group Signs Management Agreement with Liuhe Group to Operate the
Jumeirah Thousand Islands Lake Resort in Qiandaohu, China / January
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