Let take an example of the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MH&R) is an international hotel chain with Swiss roots. Reason for picking this hotel is of my first hand experience as Personal Assistant to the General Manager in Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (East Africa) in year 2006. The Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel offers East African culture and tradition combined with international standards and Swiss quality.
The history of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts started in 1943, when Ueli Prager who the founder of Mövenpick was looking for a name for his first restaurant, which opened in Zurich in 1948, he went for a walk along the shores of Lake Zurich and was taken by the sight of a seagull ("Möwe" in German) which elegantly picked up its delicacies in mid-flight. This idea gave wings to a fruitful concept: affordable gastronomy of the highest quality without waiting times. The Mövenpick Group has remained faithful to this vision until the present day.
The Management of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is owned by Mövenpick Holding by 66.7% and the Investment is owned by the Kingdom Group by 33.3%. Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), which is part of Kingdom Group is the leading resort and hotel investment company.
The official start of the Mövenpick Hotel Group took place in 1973 with the opening of two hotels near Zurich Airport. After that it has been just growing around and opened hotels in various part of world which are:
• 1976 - The first Hotel in Cairo
• 2001 - The first on the northern coast of Africa were opened in Tunisia and Morocco.
• 2005 - The first steps in East Africa and on the Indian Ocean came with the takeover of hotels in Dar es Salaam and on Mauritius in 2005.
• 2006 – Expanded their operations on the Indian sub-continent and in Asia with the signing of a management agreement for a hotel in Bangalore and Phuket.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is an international upscale hotel management company with roots in Switzerland and over 90...