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Hatem Chatter – Senior Director Middle East, Leading Hotels of the World

How are you spending the summer?

Most of my summer is spent in and around the Middle East. More than 65% of our revenue is generated in these months and I spend my time travelling around the region to meet new clients and evaluate proposals from new and exciting properties.

Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)?

My father. He passed away five years ago but I was very close to him. He was an extremely learned and wise doctor and he had a very calm personality. I used to travel with him a lot when I was young and used to thoroughly enjoy his company. With my hectic travel itinerary, I sometimes wish I could just enjoy a great conversation over a cup of coffee or travel with him on a small holiday.

Will you share your summer experiences on social media?

Yes absolutely! I believe in sharing my travel experiences with people but only when they are extraordinary and can inspire someone. With my work, I end up travelling a lot but I only like to share certain moments that impress me.

What’s on your summer reading list?

I read this book long back but I plan on reading it again this summer – The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. I like reading books on positive thinking that inspire and motivate me.

Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday?

I think it is now a habit engrained into my lifestyle. My father always encouraged me to watch the news when I was younger and that just became a part of my life. If I am on the move and don’t really have access to the television, I atleast try to catch the top news on my mobile apps.

Are holiday selfies ever acceptable?

Oh yes! I love selfies. But they must be meaningful. Not the ones taken in bathrooms or in front of the mirror!

What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017?

I am a big fan of classical French music. I recently bought CD’s of Garou, Joe Dassin and Charles Aznavour. I will be listening to a lot of their music this summer even in my car or on my laptop when I travel.

If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why?

MALDIVES!! That would be my choice even if you asked me two years back! The white sand and turquoise water gives me positive vibes and a sense of relaxation that I have not experienced anywhere else till date.

If you had one top travel tip, what would it be?

Always travel in comfortable clothes and shoes.

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