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