Industry Update
Appointment30 December 2019

Horst Walher-Jones

Appointed General Manager
At Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

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Horst Walher-Jones

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.

Bringing more than 42 years of experience, he has previously worked at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Jumeirah Group and Hyatt International. Starting as an executive sous chef, the German-national then held the position of director of food & beverage and executive chef at the Hyatt Cancun Caribe Villas & Resort in Mexico and the Hyatt Regency in Macau, China.

Walher-Jones has acted as GM for a number of hotels. These include Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai; Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai; Mövenpick Hotel Al Nawras, Jeddah; and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbarab, Bali.

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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