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Dusit strengthens its development team to propel global hotel expansion

New appointments Rami Massoud and Pornpim Hiranpradit
aim to bolster Dusit Hotels and Resorts' presence across
Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

Bangkok 31 May 2024: Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has strengthened its global development team with two key appointments to spearhead hotel development efforts for Dusit Hotels and Resorts across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. 

Pornpim Hiranpradit and Rami Massoud

In the Middle East, Mr Rami Massoud has joined the company as Vice President of Development (EMEA) based in Dusit’s regional office in Dubai.

Fluent in Arabic, English, and French, Mr Massoud is an Egyptian national with over 25 years of experience in hotel development, real estate investment, and asset management. During his career, he worked for hotel brands such as Marriott, Starwood, and Four Seasons and spearheaded projects for top developers including Dubai Holding, Power Holding, and Shuaa Capital across the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Most recently, he served as the Managing Director of Hotel Assets Acquisition Consultants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and advanced certification in Hotel Real Estate Investment & Asset Management from Cornell University.

Mr Rassoud is now responsible for the growth of Dusit’s unique portfolio of Dusit Hotels and Resorts across key existing and emerging destinations in the EMEA region. 

In Dusit’s home base of Thailand, meanwhile, Ms Pornpim Hiranpradit has joined the company as Director of Development (Global) based in Bangkok, where she is responsible for spearheading Dusit’s development efforts across Asia-Pacific and supporting Dusit’s regional development offices worldwide.

She brings extensive experience in real estate and hospitality, having worked for real estate brokerage and management firms in New York as well as in hotel operations in Thailand. Notably, she was part of the development team for One Bangkok, one of the largest mixed-use developments in Thailand, where she executed three hotels with over 750 rooms while working for Frasers Property Holdings.

In their new roles, Mr Massoud and Ms Hiranpradit will work closely with Mr Siradej Donavanik, Vice President – Development (Global), Dusit International, to drive sustainable global expansion of Dusit Hotels and Resorts and its various brands.

“Dusit’s commitment to sustainable growth and uniquely delivering Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to the world resonates deeply with me,” said Ms Hiranpradit. “I’m eager to leverage my experience to unlock exciting opportunities in Asia-Pacific and contribute to Dusit’s success in this dynamic region and beyond.”

Mr Massoud said, “Joining Dusit International is a remarkable opportunity to contribute to a brand with a rich heritage and a bright future. I am excited to help drive Dusit’s expansion in the EMEA region by identifying new growth opportunities and fostering relationships that will enable us to bring our distinctive Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to more guests around the world.”

Dusit’s portfolio now includes 301 properties operating across 18 countries, including 57 properties operating under Dusit Hotels and Resorts and 244 luxury villas under Elite Havens, the leading provider of luxury villa rentals in Asia, which Dusit acquired in September 2018. 

Last year’s international expansion momentum was driven by openings such as the boutique Dusit Suites Athens, Greece, Dusit’s first hotel in Europe; the lifestyle-oriented ASAI Kyoto Shijo and luxurious Dusit Thani Kyoto, Dusit’s first properties in Japan; and the breathtaking Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort Dhulikhel and contemporary Dusit Princess Kathmandu, Dusit’s first entries into Nepal. 

In 2023, Dusit also solidified its domestic presence with ASAI Bangkok Sathorn, the second property in the capital under Dusit’s affordable lifestyle brand; the upscale dusitD2 Samyan Bangkok, the first dusitD2-branded hotel in the city; and Dusit Princess Phatthalung, a beautiful resort in southern Thailand, bringing Dusit’s domestic property count to 18.

This year, Dusit plans to open up to 10 new Dusit Hotels and Resorts in existing destinations such as China, the Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan, as well as new markets such as India, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. 

More than 60 Dusit Hotels and Resorts are in the pipeline.