Thursday, August 13, 2009

Marriott Executive Apartments Manama Hosted Hotel HR Leaders Meeting

In cooperation with the Specific Council for Training in Hospitality Sector, the Marriott Executive Apartments has recently hosted HR Leaders Meeting for 4 & 5-Star hotels in Bahrain.

More than 20 hotels’ senior Human Resources personnel and representatives of the Specific Council for Training in Hospitality Sector attended the meeting, as well as the Head of Corporate Service Bureau in the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Farooq Jaffar, the General Manager of Marriott Executive Apartments Hossein Garan, and Human Resources Manager, Loay Mamdouh.

The meeting started by a welcoming message from General Manager Hossein Garan and Human Resources Manager Loay Mamdouh, thanking the Ministry of Labour for their support during the opening of Marriott, as well as appreciating the government efforts and initiatives in the development of hotel industry.

On behalf of his Excellency the Minister of Labour, Mr. Farooq Jaffar expressed his sincere appreciation to all participants for their efforts to build two-ways communication between the government and private sector.

Discussion involved Bahrainization in hotel sector where Mr. Jaffar listened to the hoteliers’ concerns and showed his understanding to their challenges in the field of workforce. Mr. Jaffar said that the Ministry of Labour is keen to facilitate and work closely with all tourism stakeholders in order to enhance the Bahrainization program in hotel sector.

Head of Corporate Service Bureau Mr. Farooq Jaffar (centre) poses together with the General Manager of Marriott Executive Apartments Manama, Hossein Garan (left) and the Human Resource Manager, Loay Mamdouh (right) at the Apartment's lobby after the meeting.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Labour, I am glad to attend this meeting and I would like to thank the Marriott Executive Apartments, who proposed such a great initiative to host this valuable gathering that I believe would have a positive impact on the future of human resources development in tourism and hotel industry in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” said Mr. Jaffar.

Mr. Jaffar continued, he is looking forward to attending follow up meetings to generate more beneficial cooperation between the Ministry of Labour and the hotel sector.

Speaking from his office in Al Fateh, Human Resources Manager Loay Mamdouh expressed his gratitude to the Specific Council for Training in Hospitality Sector, especially the Executive Director Mr. Ali Sulaybeekh, for giving the Marriott Executive Apartments the opportunity to host the event.

“I appreciate the cooperation extended from the Ministry of Labour during our opening and we look forward to a continuous support for all the upcoming Marriott International projects in Bahrain," said Loay Mamdouh who chaired the meeting.

"I believe, this meeting was an eye opener and an opportunity for generating ideas from the HR professionals in the hotels sector, on how to create a mutual cooperation between the sector and the government with regards to the Kingdom initiative of Bahrainization. Thanks to all the Specific Council representatives and hotel HR leaders for coming and being actively participating in the meeting,” added Loay.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Bali to Bolster East Timor

BTB to work closely with Dili…

The Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), Ngurah Wijaya, welcomed the development of closer tourism cooperation between Bali and East Timor’s capital, Dili, and increasing accessibility between those two destinations, a Bali Discovery report has said.

Wijaya reportedly told Indonesia’s Antara news agency that there were many synergies between the two destinations. “This is very interesting; we can exchange our tourism destinations by presenting them in joint destination packages.

Dili has long been known in Bali as a key destination and the many international workers assigned in Dili spend their holidays in Bali,” Wijaya said. Wijaya called for a phased approach to developing Bali-Dili tourism, via a sharing of skills and knowledge from Bali’s advanced tourism industry.

Dili is currently served from Bali by Merpati Nusantara, which operates daily flights. Dili is also connected by international flights from Darwin, which recently saw Indonesia’s national carrier, Garuda, cease direct flights to Bali.

The above article is taken from Travel Daily Asia.