Hilton Worldwide Middle East and Africa president Rudi Jagersbacher has been named the most powerful person in the region's hospitality industry.
Jagersbacher, who has held the senior regional role at Hilton Worldwide since January 2011, took top spot in the Hotelier Middle East Power 50 2013.
He was recognised for the record growth he has achieved in the company’s pipeline, the magazine said.
In the Middle East and Africa, the company has 62 confirmed, upcoming properties— double the existing portfolio, with 80 percent of this in the Middle East specifically.
In the past 12 months alone, Jagersbacher has signed 19 hotels — a first for Hilton Worldwide globally in that timescale.
Seven hotels have opened since the last edition of the Power 50 in September 2012, including Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, the launch of Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand in the UAE.
Jagersbacher told Hotelier Middle East: “As we seek to introduce our luxury concept into the region, there was a particular highlight when we opened the UAE’s first Waldorf Astoria in Ras al Khaimah on August 1.
“As one of the most famous and celebrated luxury hotel brands in the world, I was delighted to note we have seamlessly combined true Waldorf service, which is reminiscent of those core values of a pre-eminent luxury experience, with a range of specially tailored features to honor the best of Arabian culture. It was a proud moment.”For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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