Amman, Jordan: Marriott International Hotels Group announced the appointment of Erden Kendigelen as Multi-Property General Manager for The St. Regis Amman and Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba. A passionate hotel business leader and a veteran professional with an impeccable record of accomplishment, Erden brings with him remarkable knowledge and experience in Luxury segment and hotel industry. In his new role, he will oversee the complete operations and management of both hotels along with the senior leadership team, while to inspire and develop diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success.

Erden, a hotelier par excellence, with over 20 years of top luxury hotel leadership experience in legendary flagship hotels worldwide and of high-profile guest engagement, have had opportunity to develop the sophistication and interpersonal skills required in every challenging environment.

Marking the anticipated launch of The St. Regis Amman, a luxury hotel brand and the first St. Regis Hotel in the Kingdom of Jordan that will open in June, Erden was chosen for his outstanding achievement in leading several hotel pre-opening projects and for his profound experience internationally and the Middle East area.  Appointing him as Multi property General Manager of both The St. Regis Amman and Al Manara Hotel, is an attempt to combine effort to drive business in Jordan, and market share in Amman and Aqaba.

Prior to this assignment, Erden served as General Manager at The Ritz Carlton Doha – Qatar and held several leadership positions at Bellagio Resort & Casino Las Vegas, The Ritz Carlton hotels in New York-Central Park and Atlanta as well as The Ritz Carlton pre-openings at Los Angeles, Grand Cayman, Denver, Miami. Kendigelen recognized as one of the best and brightest business professionals in Las Vegas Market at VEGAS INC’s 13th annual Las Vegas 40 under 40.

On joining both luxury hotels as the Multi-Property General Manager, Erden Kendigelen expressed; “I am extremely thrilled to lead both most distinguished properties in Jordan, which are known for their gracious hospitality, amazing product and dedicated hosts. Soon, we will be inviting our guests to The St. Regis Amman where they can experience something extraordinary, and live exquisite timeless journey through the House of Astor famous for its heritage dating back at 1904 at The St. Regis New York. A beacon of fabled luxury and reminiscent of a majestic palace, Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel is already my favorite spot to experience an authentic heritage of Jordan while embracing more than 6,000 years of the region’s enigmatic history. I would like to thank Eagle Hills and Marriott International for the tremendous support to deliver the finest level of luxury hotels in the Kingdom and promote our destination.

On this occasion, Safak Guvenc – Area Vice President – Gulf Levant & Pakistan, Marriott International, stated: “Erden is a true hotelier who brings a wealth of experience and innovative approach to our industry. With his extensive international Luxury background, Erden and his team will bring a new luxury experience to the hospitality industry in Amman and Aqaba.”

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at over 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. St. Regis is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit 

About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location and a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originating in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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About Al Manara Hotel
As The Luxury Collection’s debut property in the Kingdome of Jordan, Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba is an intimate property that combines design and history, reflecting the ancient city of Aqaba, giving it an authentic and enriching Jordanian character. Located on the shores of the Red Sea and set against the rugged backdrop of the expansive granite mountain range, the hotel is exceptionally appointed and has private sandy beaches where guests can relax and enjoy the year-round temperate climate. Only minutes away from the city's key attractions, 15 minutes away from Aqaba International Airport and 5 minutes away from the ruins of the ancient city of Ayla, Al Manara Hotel is the newest gem of Aqaba to stay and enjoy the sites of the Golden Triangle – the Rose city of Petra and Wadi Rum.

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