31 Jan 2018

Interview with Elie Akl new General Manager at Ascott Sari Jeddah

As a new part of the Ascott family, what do you see sets it apart from other hotel apartments?

• Ascott is growing with unique service and products, providing guests the opportunity to customize their services according to what they require with the service & facilities of a hotel offering fully furnished apartments. In addition to that, it is lead by a team of professionals that deliver a unique guest experience.

What drew you to join The Ascott Limited?

• I was drawn to the company through its reputation first. Ascott has achieved numerous accolades across many countries, a testament to their achievements and success story globally.

What do you envisage for Ascott Sari Jeddah in 2018?
 
• This year will be challenging with fierce competition in the region, especially with so many new properties opening. We will focus on our guest experience, making sure we personalize each guests' stay making their preferences a priority.

What advice do you have for prospective Ascott candidates?

• Aim higher and be creative at work.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your life/career so far?
• Guest Satisfaction. Previously in Riyadh we had a project for the pre-opening of 5 luxurious Hotels Villas within 3 years, this model was new to the market and the challenge was to educate the city I this new concept. The challenge became about promoting the villas to the right type of Guests and making sure the management team were efficient and professional. We succeeded and received high Guests satisfaction, that in turn increased our sales performance
 
What is your favorite Sport?
 
• Judo

Where is your favorite Travel destination?
 
• New York is my favorite tourist destination. The city that never sleeps, lights on and people moving 24 hours a day, with a variety of delicious food and big portions! Central park, long walks in time square, as well as the shopping centers and night life.
 
Three words that describe you.
• Responsible
• Hard working
• Positive
 
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
 
• Whenever I meet new colleagues at work, their feedback at first is that I am too serious and strict, but soon they discover that I am a kind person also.

What is your Motto or personal mantra?
 
• Respect and listen

Do you like to cook? If so what is the one dish you like to prepare?
 
• I do like cooking very much. I am a Pasta expert!
• I like boiled shrimps with Pesto sauce, when cooking Pasta, I prepare Linguini with Pesto sauce and shrimps, with plenty of parmesan cheese on top.

If there was a movie about your life, what would the movie be and who would you be cast as?
• A movie on my life would be King Arthur, Legend of the Sword and Charlie Hunnam would be cast as me.