Marriott sales VP Daqqaq retires
Maryland (US), October 4, 2009
Long-time veteran of the hospitality industry, Samir Daqqaq, Marriott International’s vice president of Global Sales for Middle East & Africa, will retire at yearend, following 30 years of service with the company.
Daqqaq joined Marriott in 1979 as an administrative assistant at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel in Saudi Arabia, focusing on guest relations. Over the years, he steadily advanced through a number of key operational and sales positions, eventually becoming director of sales and marketing at the Amman Marriott Hotel in Jordan.
He served in similar positions at the Paris Marriott Hotel in France, the Warsaw Marriott Hotel in Poland and the San Francisco Marriott Moscone Center Hotel in the US before joining Marriott’s Global Sales Organization in 1993 as head of worldwide sales for the Middle East, Africa & the Sub-Continent.
“Daqqaq’s strong cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity, as well as his sense of honor and respect for all are unmatched,” said David Townshend, senior vice president, Global Sales for Marriott International.
“He has been a faithful mentor of others and a strong, relentless leader who consistently delivers positive results, very often under extreme conditions. There is no question that he will be greatly missed by those who have known and have worked with him,” he remarked.
'In this capacity, he opened Marriott’s first global sales office and reservations center in the Middle East, established a formidable network of general sales representatives throughout the region, forged key multi-million dollar marketing partnerships with airlines and corporations and led an aggressive, highly motivated sales team that has reported significant sales increases annually for more than 15 years,' he added.
Daqqaq is a 1979 graduate in hotel management of Cairo’s Helwan University. Over the years, he has been recognized by numerous organizations for his many contributions to the travel industry.
In addition, he was been the subject of several in-depth articles, profiling his professional career and his contributions to the travel industry throughout the region.
A replacement is expected to be announced in the near future, said a Marriott statement.-TradeArabia News Service