Mandarin Oriental Marks Growth In Turkey With General Manager Appointments In Istanbul And Bodrum


HONG KONG, 21 October 2020 -- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Harun Dursun and Ersev Demiröz as General Manager at Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul and Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, respectively.

Anticipated to open in Spring 2021, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul will be the Group’s second luxury hotel in Turkey. Harun Dursun, who has been General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum since 1 May 2018, has been appointed General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul. Ersev Demiröz, who previously held the title of Hotel Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, has been promoted to General Manager.

About Harun Dursun

After completing his undergraduate studies in Tourism and Hotel Management at Çukurova University in Mersin, Turkey, Mr. Dursun went on to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland for his master's degree in International Hospitality Management where he graduated with honours.

After playing an integral role in many key hotel openings and renovations in Turkey, Jordan, UK, UAE and Russia, Mr. Dursun joined Mandarin Oriental in 2018 as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum. His 20-plus years of international management experience contributed to the resort’s fast rise to the top of hospitality ‘Best Of” lists, earning both guest acclaim and award accolades; of note Mr. Dursun was named ‘Best General Manager in Turkey’ by the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2019.

Harun Dursun carries the title of ‘Turkey’s First Official Sommelier' and is one of the founding members of the Turkish Sommeliers Association. He has served as vice president of the association and represented his country in three European and two world championships.

“I am delighted to take on this new role to oversee the opening of Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul and look forward to bringing the tailored service and hospitality experiences that Mandarin Oriental is renowned for to this iconic destination,” he said.

About Ersev Demiröz

Ersev Demiröz completed his undergraduate studies in Tourism and Hotel Management at Bilkent University in 1992, with a degree in international hotel management. Mr. Demiröz has had more than 20 years expereince at prestigious hotels around the world, including Four Seasons St. Petersburg, Four Seasons Jakarta, and Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski before joining Mandarin Oriental in 2017.

Known for his strategic and analytic mind and a guest-oriented approach, Ersev Demiröz is a dedicated leader and the ideal selection for this position. He is keen to bring the aforementioned qualities to his new assignment and committed to continuing to further elevate the guest experience at Mandarin Oriental, Bodurm.

About Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is located on a 60-hectare waterfront site on the northern side of the Turkish peninsula at Cennet Koyu (Paradise Bay), offering panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. Built on a series of levels nestled in the resort’s landscaped hillside, surrounded by ancient olive groves and pine trees, the resort’s 129 Rooms, Apartments, Suites and Villas provide the largest accommodation in the area, all with stunning sun-decks, terraces or balconies, and many with private gardens and infinity edged pools. Eight restaurants and bars showcase innovative and gastronomic cuisine, while the 2.700 sq m Spa introduces the Group’s awarding-winning spa concepts together with holistic signature treatments and a range of wellness programs. In addition, the diverse event spaces, two sandy beaches and extensive leisure facilities will bring a level of sophistication and elegance, making this the perfect luxurious hideaway retreat for discerning travellers.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 33 hotels and seven residences in 23 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

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