Farnek embarks on hotel management
Farnek, known for its facilities management, has expanded its hospitality division to include a full list of outsourced and third-party services, including concierge services, housekeeping, property operations, maintenance, energy consultancy (POMEC). Headed by experienced hotelier, Walter Knight, under its new license, the company can now expand its existing services to cover all aspects of hotel and resort management from initial consultation to day-to-day operations. Farnek currently manages the reservation services, concierge, front office services and housekeeping for 2,273 apartments.
Knight was originally responsible for structuring and developing Farnek’s fledgling hospitality division earlier this year. Farnek’s foray into hospitality met with early success, securing numerous contracts which included the new Expo Village.
Knight, director of Farnek Hotel Management commented, “Originally we were aiming for a service offering, which not only embraced traditionally outsourced FM and manpower services, but also managing revenue driven services, such as central reservation offices and associated sales services. Now with our hotel management license, we can approach hotel developers, investors, owners and management companies direct with a full suite of services including consultancy, management, outsourcing and manpower services proposition.”
Farnek has been supporting the UAE’s hospitality sector for over 40 years, in which time it has amassed an extensive portfolio of hotel contracts, which include five-star brands such as Marriott, Sheraton, Sofitel and Rotana. Its consultancy division has been helping hotels and resorts become more sustainable over the past 15 years. Farnek is also a preferred partner and auditor for Green Globe the worldwide sustainability accreditation system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses.
CEO Markus Oberlin, added, “Our strategy was to create an unrivalled 360-degree market proposition for the hotel sector, and we have now achieved that. Moreover, we also have some exciting smart products in development that will be launched very soon, complementing and interfacing with existing property management systems.”