Lifetime Achievement Award to Nadhmi Auchi
- October 2005
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.
distinguished figures received “Lifetime Achievement
Awards” in recognition of their outstanding achievements
in the field of tourism and travel.
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.
Team Lebanon Set For Race Debut In England
- September 2005
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.”
of Merit from Brasil for Mr Auchi
BRASILIA - May 2005
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
decoration took place during the recent visit
of Mr Auchi to Goiás and was attended by Brazilian
ministers and businessmen.
Auchi was also received by Brazilian President
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Royal sponsors ‘Oscars of the Airline Industry’
- May 2005
Continental Airlines named OAG Airline of the
Year 2005 at glittering ceremony at Park Lane
Hotel in London.
LONDON 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 couldnt 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
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
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 Lebanon.