Richard Riley has resigned from his position as chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi National Hotels and has been replaced by Ahmed Khoori as acting CEO.
Riley had been instrumental in steering the growth of the group and the timely development of two iconic hotels – Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Island and The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Hotelier Middle East reported on Sunday.
Since joining the hotel, tourism, transport, and catering group, in 2008 Riley also launched a new restaurant division to “lure” new F&B brands to the city through master franchise agreements and developing new brands, such as the upcoming Venetian Village in Abu Dhabi, part of the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal.
ADNH’s portfolio of hotels in the UAE includes Hilton Abu Dhabi, Hilton Al Ain, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, Mercure Jebel Hafeet Hotel, Al Diar Hotels, Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, and The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal.
The change at the top of ADNH comes as Abu Dhabi’s hotels enjoyed their best year yet in terms of guest arrivals, guest nights, length-of-stay and revenues during 2013.
Figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) show that last year, 2,806,283 guests checked into the emirate’s 150 hotels and hotel apartments – a rise of 18 percent on 2012 and beating TCA’s annual target of 2.5 million.
On the back of the full-year performance, the authority said it has revised its 2014 target upwards to 3.1 million visitors.
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