MP HOTELS CEO, ROULA JOUNY, RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE INDUSTRY DURING WTM 2018
Roula Jouny was selected from a shortlist of several major companies and players to receive the prestigious and coveted award at the World Travel Market 2018 London exhibition.
Munich – Roula Jouny, CEO of MP Hotels and Chairperson of Meeting Point International (MPI) , has been awarded the International Travel & Tourism Award 2018 for Outstanding Contributions To the Industry. The award was presented on November 6, 2018, by the World Travel Market conference in London. This honor is given to the individual or organization that has contributed the most to the international travel and tourism industry in the past 24 months.
“It’s an honor to win this award, and to be recognized by an industry that I love and admire,” said Jouny. “It was all done with an immense dose of passion, combined with an overflowing sense of perseverance.”
From one destination to 20. From one source market, to over 50. All in less than 10 years. MPI has become a leader in the DMC world. The company, which was founded by Jouny in 2009, services an impressive 4.1 million tourists, and has more than 7,000 employees. In 2015, MPI launched its successful all-inclusive hotels concept with LABRANDA Hotels & Resorts under its subsidiary Meeting Point Hotel Management. In 2017, Jouny captained the massive growth of the hotel group to 70 hotels in 12 countries. While also developing the single brand into a house of brands company under its new MP Hotels identity. The latter now houses an additional 4 brands, on top of its LABRANDA Hotels & Resorts sub-brands. These are Lemon & Soul Hotels, Design Plus Hotels, Kairaba Hotels & Resorts and Club Sei. “We still have a lot of work to do at MP Hotels and MPI, but it’s moments like these that make us realize how far we have gotten” said Jouny. “I thank you for the recognition, and the whole Meeting Point family, for this achievement.”
Jouny was one of 10 candidates, and the only woman, shortlisted for this award. Other competitors included major airlines, CEO’s from growing and established hotel and travel companies, as well as other top tourism related service companies.
Social Responsibility is on the top of Ms. Jouny and MP Hotels’ agenda. Last year MP Hotels announced the incorporation of Malaika Linen, high-end handcrafted bed linen and towels, made from 100% Egyptian cotton at KAIRABA Hotels & Resorts and Design Plus Hotels. Furthermore, last month Meeting Point International inaugurated The Egyptian House in El Gouna. This venture acts as a catalyst of social responsibility, as it collects funds to support various charitable projects in Egypt.
Proceeds of The Egyptian House are directed towards the Association for the Protection of the Environment (A.P.E). The latter is a private voluntary organization established in 1984 whose mission is to promote eco-friendly practices, plus other ethical enabling projects. A.P.E’s work can be split into 5 areas: empowerment of women, child protection development, health support services, recycling and community upgrading. The organization works towards strengthening these focus areas in Egypt by carrying out a wide array of programs, such as with the sewing training program for women used by Malaika, a child literacy initiative, a preventive infant mortality program, a center production of recycling machines, and a housing project in Tora, among others.
“It’s humbling and delightful to have been chosen from such an impressive pool of individuals and companies,” said Jouny. “The work of all talented travel and tourism professionals pushes us to work harder. They are our colleagues, and I thank them for their ambition as it fuels ours at MP Hotels and MPI.”
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