Neal Debono, a seasoned professional in the local hospitality industry, has been appointed CEO of Mdina-based boutique hotel The Xara Palace.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Debono held a series of positions at IHG Hotels & Resorts. He joined said company as Executive Assistant Manager back in 2019, however over the years he was promoted to Cluster Hotel Manager, and eventually Acting Cluster General Manager.
From 2016 to 2019, Mr Debono served as Director of Operations at the Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa, and before that as Assistant Director of Operations at the Grand Hotel Excelsior for upwards of five years.
The Xara Palace offers guests five-star lodging within the walls of a 17th century palazzo.
It also owns three separate Mdina restaurants – the de Mondion, the Medina Restaurant, and Trattoria AD1530 – offering guests a variety of cuisines at different price points.
The de Mondion, an establishment serving fine modern Mediterranean cuisine, prides itself in being one of Malta’s few Michelin-starred restaurants.
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This comes after Martin Saliba’s term ended after three years at the helm.
He first joined the organisation in 2015 as Head of Business Development
He leaves Esports Entertainment Group after a year as Vice President of Information Security.
Co-Founder Jörgen Nordlund will take over the position on an interim basis until a replacement is found.