In this role Villemin, based in the company’s Dubai office, is tasked with the retention and expansion of the brand’s Middle Eastern and North African portfolio.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio in the region currently encompasses 21 member hotels, resorts, and residences, located in UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco.

Villemin joins Preferred Hotels & Resorts with 20 years’ industry experience and has spent more than ten years working in the Middle East.. He brings a wealth of expertise from previous 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.

“The Middle East and North Africa is full of exciting opportunities in the independent luxury hotel space,” states Villemin, “It is a privilege to take on this new role work in such a dynamic region. I look forward to applying my experience in commercial development with both branded and independent hotels to support Preferred Hotels & Resorts development.”