Christie + Co MENA targets Saudi Arabia

John Podaras, director Christie + Co MENA.

Hospitality property adviser, Christie + Co, has strengthened its Middle East & North Africa (MENA) team hiring John Podaras as director of the MENA office based out of Dubai expanding its market in Saudi Arabia.

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“In just over a year of operation, our MENA office has undertaken a number of high-profile consultancy projects in the UAE, Oman and Qatar advising some of the region’s best known hotel owners, developers and operators,” said Gavin Samson, managing director, Christie + Co MENA.

“The need to deliver tailored solutions to suit our clients’ needs combined with advice that is honest, dependable and credible is what we pride ourselves on and we see Saudi Arabia as a key market in which to continue this approach.

“The Kingdom’s key commercial hubs and secondary cities present potential hotel investors with good investment opportunities driven by strong hotel performance in Jeddah and Makkah in particular, despite increased supply. We are also keen to unlock the enormous potential in India, and John’s extensive experience in both these countries is significant as we look to meet this increased demand.”

Podaras, was formerly development director The Office of Darshan Hiranandani.

“My areas of expertise lie in hospitality consultancy, financial analysis, management, and business applications, across a wide variety of disciplines, including customer relationships at the highest levels. Having also worked for an owning company, this development experience will be instrumental when consulting for the different players within the hospitality industry,” said Podaras.

Christie + Co recently released its International Business Outlook 2012 publication, an annual business intelligence report offering an impartial and authoritative view of the developments within the hotel industry. The MENA segment of the report discusses the regional trend for major hotel renovations.

The MENA and global Christie + Co team will be present at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (April 28-30)

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