Rotana hires leader to build on robust pipeline

Rotana, a hotel management company with over 100 properties in the Middle East, Africa, eastern Europe and Türkiye, has appointed a new chief operating officer.

Eddy Tannous joins the firm with over 20 years of experience in hospitality across the Middle East.

Proven track record

Tannous has held senior roles with global brands, and most recently, he served as senior vice president, operations, overseeing the operational performance across Fairmont’s Middle East and Asian properties.

He brings with him a proven track record of delivering success across various facets of hospitality including operations, customer satisfaction, strategic expansion and marketing.

Expanding footprint

Guy Hutchinson, president and CEO of Rotana, said: “It gives me tremendous pleasure to welcome Eddy to the team as we work to expand our footprint regionally and globally. With his extensive background in successfully managing hotel operations across large hotel groups, we are confident Eddy will bring his expertise and vision to build on the robust development pipeline of upcoming projects across key markets.

“In his new role Eddy will assist me in driving the growth and expansion of Rotana and his responsibilities will include the successful opening of our new properties across the MENA region and the creation of a synergy among our hotels in all aspects of our operations.”

Ensuring consistent delivery

Tannous himself added: “I am proud to be joining the renowned, and award-winning Rotana group – a brand truly committed to providing guests with the highest levels of quality and comfort. As a homegrown brand, Rotana is synonymous with Middle Eastern hospitality and the group continues to cement its position as one of the leading players in the region.

“I look forward to collaborating with the team to help expand global operations and ensure the consistent delivery of treasured times across the world.”

Forthcoming additions

Rotana currently operates 72 hotels in the Middle East, Africa, eastern Europe and Türkiye, serving more than 6 million guests per year, including 10,159 keys across 36 hotels in the UAE alone.

Upcoming projects for the Rotana Hotels & Resorts brand include the 504-key Al Manakha Rotana arriving in Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia in Q1 2024; the 319-room Luxor Rotana, heading to the historic Egyptian city in Q4 2024; and Rotana Nairobi Upper Hill, bringing 300 keys to the Kenyan capital in Q1 2026.