Lothar Quarz has been appointed as the new general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), announced Pascal Duchauffour, area vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. A German national, Mr Quarz will be responsible for positioning The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC as one of the top luxury hotels in this dynamic city, showcasing the best in "comfortably elegant" designs combined with The Ritz-Carlton's legendary service.
Mr. Quarz has over 27 years of senior management experience in the luxury hotel industry. Most recently, he was the general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, right in the heart of the famed Autostadt theme park. He moved into that role from the hotel manager position at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin where he also oversaw the sales and marketing division of that property and Berlin Marriott Hotel. A culinary aficionado, Mr. Quarz started his hospitality career as an apprentice chef and grew through the ranks to become a gourmet restaurant chef. He then moved from the kitchen to sales where he applied his culinary knowledge in a catering capacity before taking on his first position as director of sales and marketing.
"I'm excited to be joining The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre at such a pivotal time," states Mr. Quarz. "The opening of our hotel signals a financial resurgence in Dubai and we look forward to positioning our hotel as the ultimate business hotel in the Middle East."
Standing 14 storeys high, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC epitomizes understated luxury and elegance behind its handsome limestone facade. Business travelers will benefit from the direct walkway to The Gate which is the heart of the Financial Centre, plus the added convenience of the city of Dubai at their doorstep. The hotel features also include five signature restaurants, a 1,400 square meter ballroom with a separate entrance, a spa with 13 treatment rooms, and indoor swimming pool. The 341-room hotel, with 124 executive residences, will be the second in Dubai and the sixth property in the region for the award-winning luxury hotel company. The hotel will welcome its first guests in December 2010.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. currently operates 73 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Toronto; and Hong Kong, Kowloon. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com . The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)