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The Team

Ghassan Aridi

Chairman – PHR FZ LLC

Ghassan Aridi acquired the rights to create Paramount Hotels & Resorts from the Viacom group in March 2012 and the company launched in April 2012. Aridi is CEO of Alpha Tours LLC, a leading Dubai-based destination management company, which he founded in 1995. He is also Chairman of GAA Marta Consulting, a tourism and hospitality development consultancy that advises governments, destinations and resorts around the world. Notably, this consultancy facilitated a US$1.5 billion Paramount Theme Park and Resort for the city of Murcia in Spain. Born in Lebanon and a graduate of the University de Tourismo in Spain, Aridi has 30 years of experience in tourism and the tourism development industry.

Thomas van Vliet

Chief Executive Officer – PHR FZ LLC

Thomas van Vliet guides development and fundraising activities to create up to 50 themed hotels and resorts around the world, under the Paramount Pictures brand. van Vliet has held leadership positions in major hospitality companies for almost 30 years and brings extensive expertise in developing and operating both business and resort hotels across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions. Previously, van Vliet acquired twenty years of hospitality, knowledge and management skills at Accor and, more recently, with Sofitel and Swiss-Belhotel International. A graduate of Hilversum College in The Netherlands, van Vliet went on to study finance management at Cornell University in Ithaca, USA.

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