Moving to the Arabian Gulf from Ireland, Ferghal Purcell has been appointed as General Manager at The Ajman Palace Hotel & Resort – managed by HMH-Hospitality Management Holdings.
Making the announcement HMH CEO Laurent A. Voivenel said, “We are very pleased to have Ferghal Purcell in our team who brings a fresh outlook to the challenging hospitality market in Ajman with his broad skills and experience. After the initial launch phase, The Ajman Palace Hotel & Resort is now poised to consolidate its position as one of the major leisure and corporate venues in the emirate. With Ferghal at the helm, we can expect the hotel to develop in tandem with the economic expansion of Ajman where projects such as the new airport and port facilities are building awareness of its potential.”
An honours graduate from the Shannon College of Hotel Management, Ferghal has extensive experience of resort management in both South Africa and Ireland, having started his career as Food & Beverage Manager for the pre-opening team of The Lord Charles Hotel in the Cape Province, later going on to become General Manager when he played host to Nelson Mandela during the country’s reconciliation peace talks.
During the 1990s, he was in charge at two spa and golf resorts in South Africa before returning to Ireland as General Manager of the Adare Manor & Golf Resort in County Limerick – then branching out into hotel ownership with the purchase of the Aherlow House Hotel & Lodges in County Tipperary.
Winner of Northern Ireland Hotelier of the Year title at his most recent post as General Manager of the Lough Erne Resort, Ferghal has exceptional experience in both resort and conference hotel management. One of his most notable achievements at the Lough Erne Resort was hosting the 2013 G8 Summit that was described by British Prime Minister David Cameron, as “the most successful G8 Summit ever.”
The Ajman Palace Hotel & Resort offers 254 rooms, suites and serviced residence, and a plethora of restaurants and lounge options serving cuisines from around the world with two specialty restaurants ‘Dragon’s Place’ and ‘Arabesque Gourmet’ as well as an all-day-dining restaurant ‘Encore Bistro’, lobby café, sunset terrace and the rooftop deck ‘Nojoom Lounge’.
One of the hotel’s greatest assets is its fabulous meeting and event facilities including the 1,200 sq metre grand ballroom with a foyer, the largest in the northern Emirates, a conference hall, four meeting rooms, and a VIP function area – all offering inspirational surroundings. Encore Lifestyle Club provides superb leisure and recreation facilities including Encore Spa as well as state-of-the-art fitness facility.