Auchi receives Goias
Governor, promotes business
Rodrigues Filho calls on Arab, British businessmen to invest in
Brazil’s Goias State.
Chairman of General Mediterranean Holding Group, Nadhmi Auchi, held a
reception honouring Brazil’s Governor of Goias, Alcides Rodrigues Filho,
and the official trade delegation accompanying him, at the Cavalry &
Guards Club in London.
In his address during the event, Auchi said, “Our group is honoured to
receive Mr Rodrigues Filho in London to take a closer look at our
business activities, and to discuss potential investment of the Group in
the State of Goias.”
Auchi added, “Brazil’s fast growing economy is a promising place for
investment that we would not like to miss out on. We equally encourage
Arab and British investors to pay attention to the proposed projects
there, which are worthy of being studied ahead of investment.”
On his part, Governor Rodrigues Filho assured that Brazil's economy is
on the rise, and investors are welcome to take part and profit from such
"During a time when some areas in the world are facing recession, our
state, and Brazil in general, is witnessing an increase in production
and export rates. And this increase is not limited to the traditional
agricultural sector, but includes all other industrial and service
sectors as well," said Rodrigues.
Present at the reception, which also included an exchange of gifts
between the host and his wife, and the guest of honour and his wife,
were a number of ministerial officials from the Goias State, Arab
Ambassadors to London, and Arab & British businessmen.
Le Royal Hammamet Celebrates
H E Tijani Haddad (right) with Mr & Mrs Auchi
Tunisia's Tourism Minister
acknowledges contribution of Nadhmi Auchi to success of Yasmine Hammamet
Celebrations that were originally planned to mark the tenth anniversary
of the launch of Le Royal Hammamet Hotel in Tunisia became a symbolic
ceremony marking the development of Yasmine Hammamet tourist city, one
of the country's top tourist attractions and one of the Mediterranean's
Tunisian Minster of Tourism, Tijani Haddad, said in a speech during the
gala event, "Trust in Tunisia's stable future was behind launching Le
Royal Hammamet Hotel."
Haddad praised the efforts of Nadhmi Auchi, Chairman of General
Mediterranean Holding Group and founder of the Le Royal Hotels chain
(five-star hotels in many Arab and European countries) acknowledging his
role in making Yasmine Hammamet tourist city what it is today.
During his speech at the ceremony, Auchi said that the President of
Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, "had perceived early in the day the
exceptional importance of Southern Hammamet and gave the go ahead to
make the city a tourist site of the first degree."
"However," Auchi continued, "such an ambitious project, built on bare
land, was in need of adventurous investors who have great trust in the
people and stability of Tunisia, and I have taken that risk, along with
General Mediterranean Holding Group, that I am honoured to lead."
Auchi added, "Le Royal Hammamet Hotel differs from other hotels in the
area; it is not just a hotel, it is the 'founding stone' of Yasmine
Hammamet tourist city. This calm city can claim to be the crown of
Tunisia's tourism sites, and it's not an exaggeration to say that it a
distinguishable jewel among other tourist sites in the whole of the
Declaring the start of a new project by the Le Royal Hammamet, Auchi
said, "after ten years of hard work and success, we are now renewing the
hotel with untraditional projects; we shall add a health compound which
includes a beauty section and a centre for physiotherapy."
After investing millions of dollars, the new project, which aims to
attract tourists from all over the world, bids to compete with leading
international health compounds.
Present at the ceremony were over 25 Arab and foreign ambassadors to
Tunisia, heads of tourism companies, journalists and guests from around
the world - who enjoyed the gala of music and fashion shows.
The hotel's distinguished members of staff were awarded prizes and gifts
The Tourism Minister Mr Haddad gave Mr Auchi a present as a token of
appreciation for his efforts. Le Royal staff followed by presenting Mr
Auchi an emblem to thank him for his continuous support.
Young A1 Team Lebanon
participates in 2006/07 season
The new season starts in Zandvoort, Netherlands
Beschir, Rahal, Shaaban will
be on driver line-up for 2006/07 A1GP season joined by Khateeb.
A1 Team Lebanon will return to the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for its
second season of competition. Khalil Beschir, Graham Rahal and Basil
Shaaban will continue to represent Lebanon in this international motor
racing series, and they will be joined by Alex Khateeb for the coming
Khateeb, 22, will participate in the new A1GP rookie session at the
start of each race weekend. Beschir, Rahal and Shaaban are excluded from
participating in this session as the Series rules dictate that
participants must not have competed in more than three A1GP races.
The A1 Team Lebanon driver for the first race in Zandvoort will be
chosen following final testing this week which is being attended by
Beschir, Khateeb and Shaaban. Rahal will start his A1GP season with Team
Lebanon at Brno.
Tameem Auchi, Seatholder for A1 Team Lebanon, says of his driver
line-up, “We’ve retained our drivers from the first year of A1GP which
gives us continuity and the scope to keep developing the team over the
course of the season. We welcome Alex to the team and to give him the
chance to experience the power and performance of the A1GP car in the
rookie session. We have four young, committed, talented drivers who will
be proud to represent Lebanon in the A1GP Series and we’re looking
forward to the first race in the Netherlands next week.
A1 Team Lebanon is one of over 20 countries represented in the A1GP
World Cup of Motorsport. The Series, in its second year of competition,
will travel the globe showcasing highly competitive, exciting racing
which pits nation against nation in identical cars. The new season
starts in Zandvoort, Netherlands from 29 September – 1 October this
Le Royal Hotels sponsors
‘OAG Airline of the Year 2006’
Auchi hands the award to General Manager Europe for Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific crowned ‘OAG
Airline of the Year’ at dazzling ‘Oscars of the Airline Industry’ at
Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Cathay Pacific was crowned “OAG Airline of the Year 2006” at the annual
OAG Airline of the Year Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London
sponsored by Le Royal Hotels Group for the second year running.
At a dazzling ceremony considered the ‘Oscars of the Airline Industry’,
Continental Airlines took the title of “Best Airline” based in North
America for the third consecutive year as well as “Best
Business/Executive Class” for the fourth year running.
JetBlue was named “Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline” for the first time
beating heavyweights EasyJet, Southwest airlines and 2005 winner Virgin
Eddie Bell, Chairman of OAG, honoured renowned travel journalist and
broadcaster Alan Whicker with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his
remarkable career of almost 60 years.
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
Nasir Abid, Chief Executive Officer of Le Royal Hotels, was among an
array of distinguished figures present at the Le Royal- sponsored
ceremony. Le Royal is the hotel and leisure division of GMH Group headed
by Arab businessman Nadhmi Auchi.
“Le Royal Luxembourg, which opened 21 years ago is our flagship hotel
and since then we have gradually expanded with other five star hotels.
Le Royal also owns and operates Le Royal Hammamet, Tunisia; Le Royal El-Minzah,
Tangiers, Morocco, Le Royal Beirut, Lebanon and Le Royal Amman, Jordan;
both considered landmarks in the Lebanese and Jordanian capitals. 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,” Abid said in his
Abid noted that Le Royal Group has added close to 1500 extra rooms in
Egypt and Lebanon, in the past year, to further expand and strengthen
its position in the luxury hotel industry in the Middle East.
“GMH Group is currently refurbishing its hotels in the French Riviera
and will soon launch Le Royal Boutique Hotel in Cannes,” he added.
He emphasized the need for cooperation between the airline and the hotel
industries in order to allow a better integration between the two.
GMH is currently in the planning stage of building Le Royal London, a
landmark complex that is set to dominate the London landscape.