Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi welcomes Paula Tannous

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi has appointed Paula Tannous to the role of Director of Sales and Marketing. With 20 years of experience in hospitality, Paula most recently worked as Complex Director of Sales and Marketing at Novotel and Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, where she was jointly responsible for all major decisions regarding the hotels’ operations, strategies and directions. In her new role, she will be responsible for strategy development and internal operations for Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, playing a key role in all events and promotional activity happening in and around the hotel, including the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“I’m delighted to be heading up such a vibrant and hard working team for such a prestigious property in Abu Dhabi,” says Paula. “This is an exhilarating time for Yas Viceroy, with exciting plans in place for 2016 and with the current preparations for the Formula 1, I’m honoured to be a part of this journey.”

F1 media rights for MENA handed to MP & Silva

Leading Media rights agency MP & Silva have acquired the exclusive media rights to all Formula 1 Grand Prix races, qualifying and practice sessions in the MENA region for a period of six years beginning with the 2014 Championship, until 2019.

“We are extremely honoured with this long-term relationship with Formula 1 as sales representatives for the FIA Formula one World Championship,” says Andrea Radrizzani, Founding Partner, MP & Silva. “This partnership is a recognition of our leadership in the sports media rights market and we look forward to supporting Formula One Management in furthering popularity in general, and guarantee improved audiences of F1 races in MENA.”

The deal includes more than 100 hours of programming every year for the territories of MENA, Romania and Poland, taking over from Abu Dhabi Media, who held the rights for the season that ended in 2013.