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In Focus: Seychelles

Continued involvement from the Seychelles Tourism Board and limited supply in the pipeline will enable the Seychelles hotel market to rebound in 2012 from contractions witnessed in preceding years.
Hala Matar Choufany is the Managing Partner of HVS Dubai and is responsible for the firm's valuation and consulting work in the Middle East and Africa. She has worked on several mixed use developments and conducted numerous valuations, feasibility studies, operator searches, operational assessments, strategy advice in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Hala has in-depth expertise in regional hotel markets and a broad exposure to international markets and maintains excellent contacts with developers, owners, operators, investment institutions and government entities. Before joining HVS International, Hala had several years of operational and managerial hotel industry experience. Hala is an official Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and also holds an MPhil from Leeds University U.K., an MBA in Finance and Strategy from IMHI (Essec-Cornell) University, Paris, France. For more information contact, hchoufany@hvs.com
Hitesh Gandhi is an Associate working with HVS Dubai, specializing in hotel valuations, feasibility studies, return on investment analysis and operator contract negotiations. Hitesh holds a BSc from the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, U.A.E (in affiliation with l’Ecole Hôteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland). Hitesh started his career with Jumeirah Hotels in Dubai as a house-keeping team leader before moving to EmiratesNBD to provide system solutions research. Hitesh has performed several consulting and valuation assignments, as well as operator searches, contract negotiations and operational assessments across the MENA region. hgandhi@hvs.com

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