Middle East debut for Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Global Conference

Palazzo Versace Dubai
  • His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri to give keynote address
  • Preferred Hotels & Resorts triples its Middle East hotel portfolio with 22 properties
Palazzo Versace Dubai
Palazzo Versace Dubai

More than 100 delegates from 60 member hotels around the world will be attending the Preferred Hotels & Resorts 2016 Global Conference taking place for the first time in the Middle East, at Palazzo Versace Dubai, from 12-16 October.

“The decision to host our 2016 Global Conference in Dubai gives us an ideal opportunity to underscore our strategic plans for growth and to provide further support for our partners in the region,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, President & CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

“It is also an appropriate time for us to recognise the exceptional growth of the tourism sector throughout the Middle East, especially in the GCC countries, as their respective governments try to diversify their economies away from hydrocarbon receipts, affording great opportunities for all of our members.”

“However it is Dubai that has emerged as the undisputed tourism hub, with overnight visitors expected to touch 15 million in 2016, and targets to attract 20 million visitors per year by 2020 plus an additional 5 million visitors expected for Expo 2020 itself.  This is a growth trajectory that is exceptional by any standards,” she added.

After welcome addresses by Preferred Hotels & Resorts executives such as Executive Chairman John Ueberroth, President & CEO Lindsey Ueberroth, and Executive Vice President Saurabh Rai, His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Government of Dubai, will address the Preferred delegates with the opening keynote, inspiring the audience with insight into Dubai’s core achievements, DTCM’s immediate objectives, and the significance of the hospitality industry in DTCM’s overall future strategy.

His Excellency Almarri’s speech will kick start three days of educational presentations and panel sessions from industry professionals like branding expert Kevin Roberts and executives from global organisations such as hospitality research company STR Global.

Other Preferred executives will give a range of presentations including an update on its iPrefer awards programme and insight into future trends in areas such as distribution, cyber security, and global sales.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels.

“We are making great strides in the region’s dynamic hospitality market with a total Middle East portfolio of 22 hotels” said Saurabh Rai, Executive Vice President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “We are committed to adding even more value for our partners, so we have opened new regional headquarters in Dubai, restructured our operation and expanded our management team,” he added.

About Preferred Hotels & Resorts:

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 650 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travellers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The iPrefer™ hotel rewards programme, Preferred Residences, Preferred Family, Preferred Pride and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travellers seeking a unique experience.