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The Red Sea and Amaala appoints Sébastien Carre as Group Head of Hospitality


Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind regenerative tourism destinations The Red Sea and Amaala, has appointed Sébastien Carre as Group Head of Hospitality. In this crucial role, Carre will lead the hospitality function for all RSG destinations and self-operated properties, aiming to enhance Saudi Arabia’s global tourism standing.

With over 30 years of experience in luxury hospitality, Sébastien Carre, a VATEL Hospitality & Tourism Business School graduate, has held prominent leadership roles across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, and Pacific Islands. His diverse experience showcases his ability to lead effectively in various markets.

John Pagano, Group CEO at Red Sea Global, stated, “This year Thuwal Private Retreat and Shebara will both open to guests. More RSG-operated properties will follow soon after. As this collection of self-operated, luxury hospitality properties move from development into operations, the deep experience Sébastien brings with him, coupled with the innate hospitality that Saudi has long been famous for, ensures we are ready to delight our visitors.”

Before joining RSG, Carre served as Regional Vice President at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, overseeing properties in the Seychelles, Abu Dhabi, Tanzania, Azerbaijan, and South Africa. His leadership roles included a comprehensive reinvention of the brand’s presence in Mauritius, achieving record-breaking results. He has also held leadership roles at Four Seasons in Johannesburg, Sharm El Sheikh, Bora Bora, Provence, and Washington DC.

This strategic addition to the RSG team aligns with the company’s commitment to bringing in top-tier talent to drive innovation and success in the hospitality sector. RSG plans to hire over 700 hospitality professionals in the next 12 months.

Sébastien Carre, Group Head of Hospitality at RSG, expressed his excitement about the company’s vision and pioneering approach to regenerative tourism. He looks forward to leading the hospitality function, assembling a team of talented specialists, and launching groundbreaking destinations to position Saudi Arabia at the forefront of global tourism.

In 2023, The Red Sea welcomed its first guests, with two hotels now open. The Red Sea International Airport (RSI) has been receiving regular flights since September 2023. Desert Rock, Thuwal Private Retreat, and Shebara are set to welcome their first guests this year. Amaala remains on track to welcome its first guests in 2025, with the completion of the first resorts in Triple Bay phase one, including Corallium and the iconic Yacht Club.

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