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Nicolas Villemin has been appointed regional director for the Middle East and North Africa of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

Villemin joins Preferred Hotels & Resorts with 20 years’ industry experience and has spent more than 10 years working in the Middle East. He brings a wealth of expertise from previous senior executive positions and consultancy roles for luxury hotel brands such as Viceroy, Shangri-La and Habtoor Hospitality.

In his new role Villemin, based in the company’s Dubai office, is tasked with the retention and expansion of the brand’s Middle Eastern and North African portfolio.

Saurabh Rai, executive vice president, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, elaborated, “Nicolas’ extensive luxury hospitality experience will help to spearhead the brand’s ambitious growth goals across the region, particularly in the GCC and gap markets like Tunisia and Egypt.”