Emre Kirazci

Director of Operations

Sales & Marketing, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Emre is a dynamic hotelier with a background in luxury hospitality industry based in Middle East region.
Holding a BA degree with a dual major in Business and Tourism from Middlesex University and MBA in Hospitality management from Cornell, he has worked in hospitality industry since 2006 in Dubai working for various brands such Kempinski and FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel Hotels) and Accor Hotels, heading commercial teams for Global Sales and Regional Leisure Sales divisions in the past. He’s been based in Bahrain since 2017, initially heading the Commercial team at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa.
Emre’s successes in the role include a significant growth in incremental hotel revenue through targeted strategic action plans for source markets which include Middle Eastern, Russian and Indian markets. He has established Sofitel Bahrain as a destination for Indian Weddings, He has orchestrated a partnership between Bahrain Tourism Authority and OTI Holding “ Coral Travel” – They have coordinated the first charter flights from Moscow to Bahrain for 7 months duration with weekly capacity of 440 passengers which has boosted USD 7.9 Million in Bahrain Hotel Industry since 2018.
He has recently taken the position of Director of Operations, Sales & Marketing. As the recently appointed Director of Operations, his key responsibilities are all aspects of the hotel and its day-to-day operations, including rooms, food and beverage, Spa & recreation to ensure operative success and enhancing the guest experience.