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Gavin Samson


Gavin has worked extensively throughout the MENA region for the past 22 years and has a lifetime association with the Middle East. In addition to his specialisation in hotel investment advisory, he has provided strategic consulting advice across many industries to large multinational companies in Europe and the Far East.

Gavin has provided hotel advisory assistance to a diverse array of clients, including government institutions and companies, project management and property development firms, private investors and hotel management companies. These clients have been involved in many of the highest profile projects across the region from standalone hotels and resorts to significant mixed-use developments.

He has previously been responsible for the overall management of consulting teams at international advisory firms.

Gavin’s areas of expertise are in general corporate consulting, market and financial feasibility studies, highest and best use development projects, tourism development and master planning, research and opinion papers and management contract negotiation.


John Podaras


John moved to Dubai in 2001 from where he has undertaken hospitality and tourism advisory assignments across most of the countries of the GCC, Sub-Continent, Levant and North Africa. His strength in financial analysis has seen him design models to tackle a wide range of client requirements, he has carried out assignments for master planned mixed use developments, market and financial feasibility studies, hotel valuations, and provided owner assistance for hotel operator selections and hotel management contract negotiations.

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