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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

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History

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts began in 1973 with the opening of two hotels near Zurich Airport and in Regensdorf. The company was originally called The Mövenpick Hotel Group and was a part of The Mövenpick Group[4] that was founded in 1948 by Ueli Prager. In 1976, the company opened its first hotel outside of Europe in Cairo, adjacent to the pyramids at Giza. In 1991, the first Mövenpick luxury cruiser, the H.S. Radamis, set off on the Nile between Aswan and Luxor. The company is an international upscale hotel management company with roots in Switzerland and over 90 properties existing or under construction in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.[5]

BUSINESS

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts is an upscale hotel management company focusing on developing its portfolio of hotels, resorts, and residences (yet to be released). The company’s portfolio includes both leased hotels and hotels under management contracts throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Movenpick Hotels & Resorts sales in 2007 wereCHF831.2 million, a 19% rise compared to 2006. The company's earnings before interest and taxes increased by 53% to CHF13.3 million throughout the same period.[6] Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts vision is: To be the preferred and most enjoyable, upscale hotel management company of Swiss origin, for guests, employees, hotel owners and shareholders.[7] The company is currently pursuing an aggressive expansion plan to fulfill its strategic objective for 100 hotels by 2010.[5]

Specific hotels

The Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts portfolio continues to prosper in Jordan with the addition of a 5-star resort in Tala Bay-Aqaba. Owned by Zara South Coast Development Company (a subsidiary of Zara Investment Holding), Mövenpick Resort Tala Bay Aqaba will be the fifth hotel in Jordan to be operated by the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts group. The new resort is located on the southern shores of Aqaba, turning the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts into the only group to be serving both of the city's buzzing north and south beaches. In 2010, a hotel was opened in Ramallah, West Bank.
The following hotels are a members of the Great Hotels Of The World alliance. They were featured in the top 150 hotels in the 2011 Great Hotels Of The World Pure Hotels Collection.
• Movenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut
• Movenpick Hotel Doha
• Movenpick Hotel Istanbul
• Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
• Movenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay
• Movenpick Hotel Petra
• Mövenpick Ice Cream is a brand of ice cream of Swiss origin produced by the Nestlé corporation. In April 2003, Nestlé bought the international rights for Mövenpick ice cream, and an independent business unit called Swiss Premium Ice Cream was created. The business is now operated by a subsidiary called Nestle Super Premium headquartered in Vevey (Switzerland). The first Mövenpick restaurant opened in Zurich on July 19, 1948 by Ueli Prager. By 1958, they have eight restaurants located throughout Switzerland. Prager would remain operating manager until 1991.
• Originally, in the 1960s, Mövenpick ice cream was produced for restaurant sales only. The plant in Bursins was built in 1972, however production has now been shifted to a larger state of the art unit in Rorschach. Mövenpick’s ice cream has a "no artificial additives or colours" policy.

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