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The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel groups in the world, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Willis as the new Area Senior Vice President for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa, effective immediately.

In his new role, Willis assumes responsibilities for the African continent, in addition to the Middle East & Turkey.

British national Willis, has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including more than 15 years with Carlson Rezidor. Willis will continue to be based in the group’s Dubai Area Office, given its status as one of the world’s most important travel hubs and with strong air connections to the African continent. Willis has previously held the role of Area Vice President Middle East & Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2015.

Federico González-Tejera, the new President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “I am very pleased to announce Mark’s promotion and take over additional responsibilities for Africa, one of Carlson Rezidor’s core growth markets. Mark’s past experience in Africa and within Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will help strengthen our network and increase operational synergies in the entire region, for the greater benefits of owners, employees and ultimately our guests.”

Mark Willis said, “I feel privileged to be given this exciting new role. With the support of our talented teams in Dubai and Cape Town, I am confident that we will continue to defend our leading positions in these key growth markets. The unification of three important markets – Middle East, Turkey & Africa – allows us to streamline our operational and cost efficiencies and better align our commercial teams to deliver memorable moments for our guests.”

About Rezidor

Rezidor operates the core brands Radisson Blu® and Park Inn® by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with the Club CarlsonSM loyalty program for frequent hotel guests. In early 2014 and together with Carlson, Rezidor launched the new brands Radisson RED (lifestyle select) and Quorvus Collection (luxury). In 2016, Rezidor acquired 49% of prizeotel. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Program and was named one the World's Most Ethical Companies by the US think-tank Ethisphere.

The Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 43,700 people in EMEA and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

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Contact: Saadiyah Hendricks

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