Industry Update
Appointment17 December 2018

Soner Yesilelma

Appointed Director of Sales & Marketing
At Rixos Bab Al Bahr , United Arab Emirates

Soner Yesilelma

Yesilelma joins the resort with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with stints in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Germany, and Egypt. Prior to this, he worked with Rixos Hotels Egypt for six years in the capacity of regional director of sales & marketing. His career has given him experience in revenue strategy, branding and luxury hospitality across global markets.

Akdeniz University - School of Tourism & Hotel Management

Soner Yesilelma (Class of 0) is a graduate of Akdeniz University - School of Tourism & Hotel Management in Antalya - Turkey
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Rixos Hotels

Rixos Hotels, established in 2000, is one of the world's fastest growing, luxury hotel chains. Dedicated to offering traditional Turkish hospitality and a unique spa experience in the finest surroundings and luxury ambience, the Antalya based group currently owns and operates 7 premium resorts & villas and 5 city hotels in countries as diverse as Turkey, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Libya.
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Recent Appointments at Rixos Hotels

Horst Walher-Jones - General Manager

30 December 2019 — Rixos Bab Al Bahr has appointed Horst Walher-Jones as general manager of the property. A luxury hotel veteran; Walher-Jones has experience in operation and concept planning, development and opening, and the F&B industry.
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Cenk Unverdi - Regional General Manager UAE Properties

8 July 2019 — Unverdi will now oversee all day-to-day operations of the five-star Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites, Rixos Premium Dubai, Rixos Saadiyat Island and Rixos Bab Al Bahr. This promotion closely follows Unverdi's appointment to cluster general manager of Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotels & Suites and Rixos Premium Dubai in 2018, following a succession of key achievements since moving to the UAE with Rixos Hotels in 2012.
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Erkan Yildirim - member of the board of directors and managing director

4 September 2018 — Rixos Hospitality Egypt announced the appointment of Erkan Yildirim as member of the board of directors and managing director. In his new role, Yildirim will oversee the future growth and overall operations of the three Rixos properties in Egypt.
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