Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts promotes Dan Benzaquen to GM
Dan Benzaquen has been promoted to Cluster General Manager of both Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay and Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba in Jordan. For the last two years he has been General Manager at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay.
One of the Swiss hospitality company’s youngest GMs, the 35-year-old Frenchman has already set about making his mark at Tala Bay, introducing leisure-focused projects that include a jogging track, boot camp and yoga area.
In his expanded role, Benzaquen will also focus on improving personalisation and guest recognition, initiating more ways to demonstrate and enhance Mövenpick’s we make moments vision at both properties.
“Dan is a young dynamic GM who I am confident will lead our two resorts to even greater success, improving our competitive edge and strengthening our brand presence, not only in Aqaba, but in Jordan where our portfolio is strong,” said Michael Nugent, Regional Director for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Jordan.
“Appointing a cluster general manager also drives many operational synergies and under Dan’s direction we can expect more enhancements to services and facilities at Mövenpick’s stunning properties in this popular Red Sea destination.”
Benzaquen, who hails from a family of hoteliers, appreciates the traditions of his profession.
“Everyone – no matter what age – wants to feel special and considered; these are classic principles that apply to every guest,” he said. “It’s a value embodied in Mövenpick’s we make moments business philosophy and in my new role I intend to ensure every guest and colleague feels valued and treated as a unique individual.”
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, Benzaquen worked in China, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand, as well as Vietnam where he was General Manager at Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa.
Earlier in his career he worked with Mövenpick as a front office manager in Dubai and resumed his association with the brand when he moved to Jordan as executive assistant manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Spa. His GM role at Tala Bay was next, followed by his new cluster position in Aqaba.
Visiting new places and discovering different cultures are among his favourite past times and when it comes to sport, Benzaquen’s game of choice is rugby.