Dusit strengthens its development team to propel global hotel expansion

Dusit International bolsters global expansion with two key hires to lead hotel development in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe, and Africa

Bangkok – Dusit International has strengthened its global development team with two key appointments to spearhead hotel development efforts for Dusit Hotels and Resorts across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

In the Middle East, Mr Rami Massoud has joined the company as Vice President of Development (EMEA) based in Dusit’s regional office in Dubai.  Fluent in Arabic, English, and French, Mr Massoud is an Egyptian national with over 25 years of experience in hotel development, real estate investment, and asset management. During his career, he worked for hotel brands such as Marriott, Starwood, and Four Seasons. He spearheaded projects for top developers including Dubai Holding, Power Holding, and Shuaa Capital across the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Most recently, he served as the Managing Director of Hotel Assets Acquisition Consultants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and advanced certification in Hotel Real Estate Investment & Asset Management from Cornell University.

Mr Rassoud is now responsible for the growth of the company’s unique portfolio across key existing and emerging destinations in the EMEA region.

In Dusit’s home base of Thailand, meanwhile, Ms Pornpim Hiranpradit has joined the company as Director of Development (Global) based in Bangkok, where she is responsible for spearheading Dusit’s development efforts across Asia-Pacific and supporting regional development offices worldwide. She brings extensive experience in real estate and hospitality, having worked for real estate brokerage and management firms in New York as well as in hotel operations in Thailand. Notably, she was part of the development team for One Bangkok, one of the largest mixed-use developments in Thailand, where she executed three hotels with over 750 rooms while working for Frasers Property Holdings.

In their new roles, Mr Massoud and Ms Hiranpradit will work closely with Mr Siradej Donavanik, Vice President – Development (Global), Dusit International, to drive sustainable global expansion of the company and its various brands.

“Dusit’s commitment to sustainable growth and uniquely delivering Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to the world resonates deeply with me,” said Ms Hiranpradit. “I’m eager to leverage my experience to unlock exciting opportunities in Asia-Pacific and contribute to the company’s success in this dynamic region and beyond.”

Mr Massoud said, “Joining Dusit International is a remarkable opportunity to contribute to a brand with a rich heritage and a bright future. I am excited to help drive expansion in the EMEA region by identifying new growth opportunities and fostering relationships that will enable us to bring our distinctive Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to more guests around the world.”

Dusit’s portfolio now includes 301 properties operating across 18 countries, including 57 properties operating under Dusit Hotels and Resorts and 244 luxury villas under Elite Havens, the leading provider of luxury villa rentals in Asia, which the company acquired in September 2018. Last year’s international expansion momentum was driven by openings such as the boutique Dusit Suites Athens, Greece, the company’s first hotel in Europe; the lifestyle-oriented ASAI Kyoto Shijo and luxurious Dusit Thani Kyoto, the first properties in Japan; and the breathtaking Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort Dhulikhel and contemporary Dusit Princess Kathmandu, the company’s first entries into Nepal.
In 2023, the company also solidified its domestic presence with ASAI Bangkok Sathorn, the second property in the capital under the company’s affordable lifestyle brand; the upscale dusitD2 Samyan Bangkok, the first dusitD2-branded hotel in the city; and Dusit Princess Phatthalung, a beautiful resort in southern Thailand, bringing Dusit’s domestic property count to 18.

This year, the company plans to open up to 10 new hotels and resorts in existing destinations such as China, the Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan, as well as new markets such as India, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia.

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