Dr. Bander Altalhi
Dr. Bander Altalhi is the hotel manager of Le Meridian Al-Hada in Taif city, Saudi Arabia. Growing up in Saudi Arabia allowed him to experience and practice different local traditions in terms of hosting guestswhich led him to develop an interest for hospitality education. After graduating from school, he persued his bachelor degree in Tourism Hospitality Management and Business at Prince Sultan College in Abha, Saudi Arabia. At the same time, he also commenced working within the industry and became a front office manager at Le Méridien Makkah, from 2006 to 2007. As front office manager his responsibilities included handling accommodations, meetings, conferences and events in the hotel. He then saw him become the hotel operation manager at Le Méridien Al-Hada in Taif. Within this role, he was in charge day to day operations and during that time he managed to increase sales by 15% by adopting new marketing strategies. After graduating, he decided to have more hands-on experience in the hotel management industry which is why he enrolled for an MBA program in the United States. Fortunately, studying abroad allowed him to zero in on the hospitality sector and expand his knowledge beyond theoretical levels like others. In conclusion, because of Dr. Bander’s great ambition, hard work, passion and big achievements at a young age, he was assigned to be a hotel manager at le Méridien Al-Hada, in Taif city to apply what he learns in order to improve the hotel’s current state into a better one.