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Preferred Hotel Group - which operates independent hotel brand Preferred Hotels & Resorts, new sustainable hotel brand Beyond Green, and leading provider of consultancy services, PHG Consulting - welcomed Kirk McDonald as Director of Global Sales and Development in the Middle East.
In this role, McDonald, who is based in the company’s regional headquarters in Dubai, is tasked with leading leisure sales and driving development for the three key brands in the region, which currently encompasses 15 member hotels, resorts, and residences located across the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
“This diverse region is teeming with independently owned or managed luxury properties and there are several new hotel projects on the horizon in key markets including the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman,” says McDonald.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to help expand Preferred’s presence within the Middle East and to enhance valuable on-the-ground services to member hotels across the region.”
McDonald brings over 20 years of industry experience to this strategic role and has spent more than 11 years working in UAE. Prior to joining Preferred, McDonald held progressive senior sales positions and consultancy roles for prestigious brands such as Flight Centre, Intrepid Travel, Visit Britain, and Emirates. Originally from Canada, McDonald has also worked in the United States and the United Kingdom; he recently graduated with a master’s in business administration from the University of Warwick.