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Checking in: Managing Marriott's growing business in the Middle East

Checking in: Managing Marriott's growing business in the Middle East

Marriott’s man in the Middle East and Africa, Alex Kyriakidis, discusses taxes, trends and the upcoming tie-up with fellow hospitality giant Starwood.

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