Episode 1: Amine E. Moukarzel, Louvre Hotels Group/Golden Tulip MENA

<p>In this podcast with Amine E. Moukarzel, President Louvre Hotels Group/Golden Tulip MENA &amp; Flamingo Hospitality Management we discuss the history of Golden Tulip Brand in the MENA region, challenges of mid-market segment and its evolvement in the next 10 years and strengthening owner-operator relationship.</p> <p>A recognized stalwart of the Middle East hospitality industry, Amine Moukarzel was the driving force behind the launch of some of the most successful hotels in the region, including the Crowne Plaza hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.</p> <p><strong>VIDEO</strong></p> <figure><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8D7pIsLjIZc" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0"></iframe></figure><p><strong>Timestamps</strong></p> <ul><li>FHS Saudi Arabia Intro: 00:00:00 - 00:00:10</li><li>Speaker Intro: 00:00:11 - 00:01:33</li><li>How did you get into hotel industry and why: 00:01:34 - 00:04:44</li><li>History of Golden Tulip in MENA region: 00:04:45 - 00:09:46</li><li>Why Golden Tulip targeted mid-market segment in the UAE: 00:09:47 - 00:13:12</li><li>Challenges faced with the developers who were focused on the luxury segment: 00:13:13 - 00:15:31</li><li>Evolvement of mid-market brands in the next 10 years: 00:15:32 - 00:17:08</li><li>Becoming more tech-savvy while having challenges like old real estate: 00:17:09 - 00:21:34</li><li>Coping up with owner-operator challenging: 00:21:35 - 00:28:14</li><li>Retaining relationships with owners as you grow: 00:28:15 - 00:32:00</li><li>Amine's favorite hotel: 00:32:01 - 00:34:33</li><li>Alternative career if not hospitality: 00:34:34 - 00:37:14</li><li>Final Words: 00:37:15 - 00:39:28</li><li>FHS Saudi Arabia Outro: 00:39:29 - 00:39:41</li></ul>

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