Preferred Hotels & Resorts appoints Nicolas Villemin as regional director for Middle East & North Africa. In his new role, Villemin will bring 20 years of industry experience.
As regional director, he will be based in Dubai and will oversee the efforts to maintain the retention and expansion of the brand’s Middle Eastern and North African portfolio.
Preffered Hotels’ executive vice president of South Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia Saurabh Rai said Villemin’s role will also include looking into gap markets in the region for the company.
He said: “Preferred Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest independent hotel brands in the region, which at present is teeming with portfolio expansion opportunities. Nicolas’ extensive luxury hospitality experience will help to spearhead the brand’s ambitious growth goals across the region, particularly in the GCC and gap markets like Tunisia and Egypt.”
Villemin has worked in the Middle East for more than 10 years and has previously served in senior executive positions and consultancy roles for luxury hotel brands such as Viceroy, Shangri-La and Habtoor Hospitality.
Originally from Switzerland, Villemin is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.