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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa announces the appointment of Its New Director of Sales & Marketing along with a new Thalassa Manager.

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, the French based luxury hotel, has announced the appointment of Mr. Emre Kirazci as the new Director of Sales and Marketing along with Mrs. Marie-Claire  McCartney, as the new Thalassa Manager of the only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the Middle East. Kirazci’s and McCartney’s appointment has been effective since July 2017.

Kirazci joins Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa with a strong background from the hospitality sector. In 2012, Mr. Kirazci was appointed as the Director of Global Accounts in the world renowned group; FRHI Hotels (Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel Hotels), where he was able to adapt his extensive knowledge in sales and business management to lead the group successfully. With the merger of AccorHotels and FRHI Hotels, Mr. Kirazci moved to the Regional Sales Team as Director of Key Leisure Accounts heading the leisure segment within the Middle East region. Originally from Turkey, Mr. Kirazci has a double major degree in Business and Tourism from Middlesex University.

The only Thalassa Spa in the Middle East and 4 meeting rooms along with a sparkling 10,000 sqm ballroom.

Kirazci said “I am delighted to join the Sofitel Bahrain team and look forward to becoming an integral part of the strategic dynamic of this property. I hope to strengthen our relations with partners across the GCC and international markets, at the same time driving the property to further success.”

Mrs. Marie-Claire

Award Winning Property


He aims to promote the landmark property with 262 rooms and suites, 8 distinguished and award winning F&B outlets, the only Thalassa Spa in the Middle East and 4 meeting rooms along with a sparkling 10,000 sqm ballroom.

Marie-Claire McCartney, originally from Trinidad, has obtained her knowledge in the spa and wellness industry over the past thirteen years. Moving all the way from Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda, her outstanding business skillset and spa expertise has expanded from Canada to the GCC. Being a part of the spa and salon managing sector and with her top notch qualifications in spa therapy, Marie-Claire has become a tour-de-force for her ability to guide VIP client relations and team motivation. She is also renowned as an expert specializing in a vast range of treatments as a practitioner and a trainer. She is well- versed in local and international spa and salon protocols, as well as exemplary customer service to satisfy a diverse clientele. Having been a Spa Manager for over three years in Bahrain, as well as holding leadership positions for over ten years more at an international level, she is sure to excel at her new role and pave the way for an enhanced experience and improved standards in Sofitel.



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