Hotelier Middle East Power 50 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50, the only list that recognises and celebrates the top 50 hotel professionals working in the Middle East hospitality industry.

14 )Pascal Duchauffour

Pascal Duchauffour
Industry : Hospitality, Finance, Retail and Real Estate
Job Title: Area Vice President, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Pascal Duchauffour oversees some of the region’s most high profile luxury hotels under the Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari and Edition brands.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, part of Marriott International, has eight operating properties including The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, currently undergoing a significant expansion; Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat— which Duchauffour was instrumental in acquiring from InterContinental Hotels Group last year — and The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, the most recent launch.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal — expected to be a flagship for the company in the region and also for its owner Abu Dhabi National Hotels — will open by the end of 2012, while coming up next year is another iconic new opening, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, which has been undergoing an extensive 30-month refurbishment to bring it up to brand standards.

Also confirmed are two properties under the Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand — in Tamuda Bay, Morocco and in Muscat.

A French national, Duchauffour has been in the region since 2003 when he arrived in Bahrain from Singapore.

By the numbers

Ritz-Carlton Hotels open in Middle East: 8 Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East: 4 Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months: 1 Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months: 0 Middle East hotels due to open by September 2013: 2 years in hospitality: 27 years in region: 10 Nationality: French