AWTTE Lifetime Achievement
Award to Nadhmi Auchi
The opening of AWTTE 2005
took place at a dinner held at Le Royal Hotel under the patronage of the
Lebanese Tourism Minister Joseph Sarkis.
Four distinguished figures received “Lifetime Achievement Awards” in
recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of tourism
The honorees were Nadhmi Auchi, Chairman of the General Mediterranean
Holding (GMH) Group, Owner of the Royal Hotel chain, Mohammad Al-Hout,
Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of MEA, and Mazen
Salha, and Marwan Salha, Owners of the Greater Lebanese Hotel Company,
the Phoenicia and Le Vendome Hotels.
A1 Team Lebanon Set For Race
Debut In England
The Arab region’s first
national motor racing team, A1 Team Lebanon, will be making its race
debut at the Brands Hatch race circuit in England. The team’s two
Lebanese racing drivers, Basil Shaaban and Khalil Beschir, are eager to
represent their country in the new A1 Grand Prix series, as this new
concept in motorsport starts its inaugural season of 12 races taking
place around the world including Australasia, South Africa, Europe, Asia
Pacific, USA, South America and the Middle East.
A1 Team Lebanon will be flying the flag for the Arab region, with the A1
racing car liveried in the colours of the national flag and the Cedar
tree enveloping the engine cover. Team founder, Tameem Auchi, says of
the team’s upcoming debut, “Brands Hatch will see the culmination of
months of hard work preparing this new team to compete on an
international stage. Lebanon does not have a heritage of single-seater
motor racing, so we’ll be making history next weekend when we line up on
the grid for the first race alongside many other great nations. A1 Grand
Prix, through its worldwide broadcast coverage, will put the spotlight
on our region and I hope we will be an inspiration to Middle Eastern
people throughout the world.”
Medal of Merit from Brasil
for Mr Auchi
Marconi Perillo, Governor of
State of Goiás, Brasil, has awarded Mr Nadhmi Auchi Chairman of GMH, the
Medal of Merit, the highest decoration in Brasil, for his achievements
in public affairs and business sectors.
The decoration took place during the recent visit of Mr Auchi to Goiás
and was attended by Brazilian ministers and businessmen.
Mr Auchi was also received by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da
Le Royal sponsors ‘Oscars of
the Airline Industry’
Continental Airlines named
OAG Airline of the Year 2005 at glittering ceremony at Park Lane Hotel
Le Royal Hotels Group has sponsored the annual OAG Airline of the Year
Awards, considered the ‘Oscars of the Airline Industry’. OAG Airline of
the Year Awards celebrates the very best in global air travel and
publicly recognizes the highest standards within the industry. OAG
provides the databases for the airlines industry that includes the
timetables for 300+ airlines and covers over 3000 airports worldwide.
Continental Airlines was named OAG Airline of the Year 2005 at a
glittering ceremony at The Park Lane Hotel in London, winning the
overall award for the second year running. Continental also won the Best
Executive/Business Class category and was voted Best Airline based in
North America. The airline was also short listed in two other
OAG presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Maurice Flanagan, Vice
Chairman and Group President of the Emirates Group. Emirates also won
the Best Marketing Campaign for its New York route launch.
“We couldn’t have missed sponsoring the ‘Oscars of the Airline
Industry’. Le Royal group of hotels is now transiting to the Le Royal
brand,” said Mr Nasir Abid Vice Chairman of the General Mediterranean
Group (GMH) which owns Le Royal Group.
“Le Royal Luxembourg opened 21 years ago is our flagship hotel and since
then we have gradually expanded with other five star hotels. The
majority of them are members of the Leading Hotels of the World and two
are soon to be affiliated with the Preferred Hotels Group. The group
also owns hotels in Madrid, Egypt and South of France,” said Abid. Abid
confirmed that Le Royal Group is currently in advanced negotiations in
the Gulf area to build and operate new five star hotels.
“Similarly to the airline industry, we are in the People business where
providing a genuine quality guest experience is essential. It is
therefore no surprise that the Airline of the Year Award recognizes
excellence in both the air and on the ground – and it is for this very
reason that Le Royal is making a sizeable investment in the development
of its people this year and introducing its own Guest Satisfaction
Program which speaks about attitude and behaviour as opposed to service
skills,” added Abid.
“OAG is delighted to have Le Royal Hotels as Official Sponsor of the OAG
Airline of the Year Awards 2005,” said a spokesman for OAG.
Le Royal is the hotel and leisure division of GMH Group headed by Arab
businessman Nadhmi Auchi. Le Royal latest additions to its deluxe
portfolio are Le Royal Beirut and Le Royal Amman; both considered
landmarks in the Lebanese and Jordanian capitals. The group also owns
and operates Le Royal Hammamet; Tunisia, Le Royal El-Minzah, Tangiers;
Morocco, and Le Royal Luxembourg. Majority of the hotels are member of
the leading hotels of the world and the others will be joining the
preferred hotels group.
It is currently in the planning stage of building Le Royal London, a
landmark complex that is set to dominate the north London landscape next
to the new Wembley Stadium. Le Royal also sponsors the A1 Grand Prix in