Mr Abderahman BELGAT is the new President of AMFORHT

During the last general assembly of Amfhort, which was held on November 11th 2022 in Paris, Abderahman BELGAT was elected President of the world association for training in hospitality and tourism, for the next four years.

AMFORHT International Forum

Dear AMFORHT Members,

Mr Abderahman BELGAT is elected as the new President of AMFORHT

His job: President of AMFORHT, the global association for hospitality and tourism training, headquartered in France, which currently has 711 members from 63 different countries. AMFORHT was recognized as an NGO (non-governmental organization of public utility) of the United Nations with special consultative status in August 2017.

The date of his taking office: November 11, 2022.

His express bio: 74 years old, married, four children.

His training: D.E.S.S (Diploma of Specialized Higher Studies), D.E.A (Diploma of Advanced Studies) then doctoral thesis in Management and Organization Sciences - Paris Dauphine University.

His profile: Investor, project management, strategy and audit.

His background: Abderahman Belgat began his career in 1970 at Club Med before joining the mythical Parisian palace, the Plaza Ath├®n├®e, two years later, where he became general controller. It will be so for other properties of the Trust House Forte (T.H.F) group, which then had more than 870 hotels around the world, including the Georges V and the H├┤tel la Tr├®moille in Paris. It should be noted that Abderahman Belgat is simultaneously pursuing his studies in order to obtain a DESS and a DEA. He participates as co-author in two case studies on his experience at the Plaza Ath├®n├®e which are still taught today in many universities and used by many chambers of commerce and industry in France and abroad. In 1982, his activity took on another dimension, Abderahman Belgat became an investor, promoter in tourism and the hotel industry, while giving conferences on the subject. In 1985, he joined the very closed circle of tourism experts (French-speaking Association of Tourism Experts and Scientists ÔÇô Afest) as a member of the board of directors and in 1993 took the vice-presidency of the structure. At the same time, always curious about new skills and passionate about football, in 1997 he joined the European leader in sports communication, the JC Darmon group, on the occasion of the 1998 World Cup. In 2001, Abderahman Belgat returned to his first love and in the hotel industry in order to lead the expansion of the Accor group alongside founding co-president G├®rard P├®lisson, in the countries of the Arab-Muslim world, starting with Saudi Arabia. From regional general manager, he was appointed, from 2009, Accor ambassador for Arab and Muslim countries and director in charge of special projects for Africa and the Middle East. New desires for change led Abderahman Belgat to strike out on his own and in 2014 he founded B.C Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in strategy and auditing in the economic, legal, administrative and social sectors.

The context of his appointment: Abderahman Belgat succeeds Philippe François who was president of Amforht for twelve years.

His distinctions: Knight of the National Order of Merit.

His mission: Abderahman Belgat has a clear vision of the message he wants to convey as the new President of AMFORHT. After the violent shocks caused by the health crisis and their impact on society, it is time for him to look to the future with optimism and hope. ÔÇ£With AMFORHT, we have a fabulous tool, capable of influencing seventy countries. ┬╗ he underlines. ÔÇ£A force that we must use to create a strong mobilization, an awareness at all levels in order to meet the challenges ahead. With more exchanges, participations, contacts between the members of the association, we are able to bring innovations in terms of training, in order to prepare young people for the digital transition, artificial intelligence, with which they will have to deal tomorrow. ". Hotel schools and universities exist but need Amforht as a bridge to enrich each other and create a favorable environment in order to move forward. They are lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the very abundant resources of the association thanks to its presence throughout the world, whether in the fields of perception, reflection, experience or new trends. ÔÇ£Knowledge has always been the opening to fairness and excellence. The Plaza Ath├®n├®e, which was the first to institute, despite the skepticism of the entire profession, the fifth week of paid leave, training for all and the end of the blackout was ranked the best palace in the world in stride. If leaders and employees are trained, results follow. continues Abderahman BELGAT. . ÔÇ£The more people are valued by giving them access to knowledge and concrete experiences, the more they develop their capacities. It is our vocation to bring the latter to our sector, but AMFORHT must be heard louder. It is a healthy challenge because it is non-profit, but essential for the future of the professionÔÇØ. The other point that the new president wishes to develop is the spirit of conquest that he retained from his experience with G├®rard P├®lisson when he wore the colors of the Accor group throughout the Middle East. The stakes are colossal for him at a time when, in the face of very advanced countries, very slowed down by successive health crises and their sociological impacts, emerging countries are arriving in force and quietly on the market. "We must give impetus to young people, take them on the entrepreneurial path because in order to grow, you have to undertake," he adds. And to add: ÔÇ£Philippe Fran├ºois has done a colossal job that it is imperative to continue. We must undertake ourselves, carry ideas and not be content to remain a group of members. We have a weight to put in the balance and a role to play. This is the importance of this year's forum, which lays the foundations for our new orientations in accordance with our values of sharing and analysis. ".

Why it's him: Abderahman BELGAT, because of his experience in the tourism sector in France and around the world, his role at AMFORHT, of which he was one of the vice-presidents and member of the executive committee and, its relations with the elected officials of several countries, has many assets in order to carry the colors of the association loud and clear.

What they say about him: Abderahman BELGAT is an open man, curious about everything who likes to work in transparency, honesty and rigor. Qualities that have earned him access to various functions where he has always remained in sharing and generosity.

What we don't know about him: Abderahman BELGAT loves sport in general and football in particular. This fine observer, who shares his vision on his website (, follows with interest the evolution of football in the world, from unifying and festive sport in its beginnings, to its status as a matter of state during from the World Cup in Argentina in 1978 through the Black Blanc Beur dream of that of 1998 to a football business that transforms the way of life of young people in their twenties and of a population when the event takes place in Qatar.


Abderahman BELGAT est le nouveau Pr├®sident de lÔÇÖAMFORHT

Lors de la derni├¿re assembl├®e g├®n├®rale de lÔÇÖAmfhort, qui sÔÇÖest tenue le 11 novembre dernier ├á Paris, Abderahman BELGAT a ├®t├® ├®lu Pr├®sident de lÔÇÖassociation mondiale pour la formation en h├┤tellerie et en tourisme, pour les quatre ans ├á venir.

Son job : Pr├®sident de lÔÇÖAMFORHT, lÔÇÖassociation mondiale pour la formation en h├┤tellerie et en tourisme, dont le si├¿ge social se trouve en France, et qui r├®unit actuellement 711 membres de 63 pays diff├®rents. L'Amfhort a ├®t├® reconnue comme ONG (organisation non gouvernemental dÔÇÖutilit├® publique) des Nations Unies avec statut consultatif sp├®cial, en ao├╗t 2017.

La date de sa prise de fonction : 11 novembre 2022.

Sa bio express : 74 ans, mari├®, quatre enfants.

Sa formation : D.E.S.S (Dipl├┤me dÔÇÖ├ëtudes Sup├®rieures Sp├®cialis├®es), D.E.A (Dipl├┤me dÔÇÖ├ëtudes Approfondies) puis th├¿se de doctorat en Sciences de Gestion et dÔÇÖOrganisation - Universit├® Paris Dauphine.

Son profil : Investisseur, conduite de projets, strat├®gie et audit.

Son parcours : Abderahman BELGAT d├®bute sa carri├¿re en 1970 au Club Med avant de rejoindre deux ans plus tard, le mythique palace parisien, le Plaza Ath├®n├®e dont il devient contr├┤leur g├®n├®ral. Il le sera pour dÔÇÖautres propri├®t├®s du groupe Trust House Forte (T.H.F) qui disposait alors de plus de 870 h├┤tels dans le monde dont le Georges V et lÔÇÖH├┤tel la Tr├®moille ├á Paris. Il est ├á noter qu'Abderahman BELGAT poursuit concomitamment ses ├®tudes afin dÔÇÖobtenir un DESS et un DEA. Il participe comme co-auteur ├á deux ├®tudes de cas sur son exp├®rience au Plaza Ath├®n├®e qui sont enseign├®s encore aujourdÔÇÖhui dans de nombreuses universit├®s et utilis├®s par de nombreuses chambres de commerce et de lÔÇÖindustrie en France et ├á lÔÇÖ├®tranger. En 1982, son activit├® prend une autre dimension, Abderahman BELGAT devient investisseur, promoteur dans le tourisme et lÔÇÖh├┤tellerie, tout en donnant des conf├®rences sur le sujet. En 1985, il int├¿gre le cercle tr├¿s ferm├® des experts du tourisme (Association francophone des experts et scientifiques du tourisme ÔÇô Afest) en tant que membre du conseil dÔÇÖadministration et prend en 1993 la vice-pr├®sidence de la structure. Parall├¿lement, toujours curieux de nouvelles comp├®tences et passionn├® de football, il rejoint en 1997 le leader europ├®en de la communication par le sport, le groupe JC Darmon, ├á lÔÇÖoccasion de la Coupe du monde de 1998. En 2001, Abderahman BELGAT revient ├á ses premi├¿res amours et ├á lÔÇÖh├┤tellerie afin de conduire lÔÇÖexpansion du groupe Accor aux c├┤t├®s du co-pr├®sident fondateur G├®rard P├®lisson, dans les pays du monde arabo-musulman en commen├ºant par lÔÇÖArabie Saoudite. De directeur g├®n├®ral r├®gional, il est nomm├®, ├á partir de 2009, ambassadeur dÔÇÖAccor pour les pays arabes et musulmans et directeur en charge des projets sp├®ciaux pour lÔÇÖAfrique et le Moyen-Orient. De nouvelles envies de changement conduisent Abderahman BELGAT ├á voler de ses propres ailes et il fonde en 2014 B.C Consulting, soci├®t├® conseil sp├®cialis├®e dans la strat├®gie et lÔÇÖaudit dans les secteurs ├®conomiques, juridiques, administratifs et sociaux.

Le contexte de sa nomination : Abderahman BELGAT succ├¿de ├á Philippe Fran├ºois qui a ├®t├® pr├®sident de lÔÇÖAmforht pendant douze ans.

Pourquoi cÔÇÖest lui : Abderahman BELGAT, du fait de son exp├®rience du secteur du tourisme en France et dans le monde, de son r├┤le ├á lÔÇÖ AMFORHT dont il ├®tait lÔÇÖun des vice-Pr├®sidents et membre du comit├® ex├®cutif et, de ses relations avec les ├®lus de plusieurs pays, poss├¿de de nombreux atouts afin de porter haut et fort les couleurs de lÔÇÖassociation.

Ses distinctions : Chevalier de lÔÇÖOrdre National du M├®rite.

Sa mission : Abderahman BELLGAT a une vision claire du message quÔÇÖil veut porter en tant que nouveau pr├®sident de lÔÇÖAMFORHT. Apr├¿s les secousses violentes caus├®es par la crise sanitaire et leur impact sur la soci├®t├®, il est temps pour lui dÔÇÖenvisager lÔÇÖavenir avec optimisme et esp├®rance. ┬½ Nous poss├®dons avec lÔÇÖ AMFORHT un outil fabuleux, capable dÔÇÖinfluer sur soixante-dix pays. ┬╗ souligne-t-il. ┬½ Une force que nous devons utiliser afin de cr├®er une forte mobilisation, une prise de conscience ├á tous les niveaux afin de relever les d├®fis ├á venir. Avec plus dÔÇÖ├®changes, de participations, de prises de contact entre les membres de lÔÇÖassociation, nous sommes ├á m├¬me de porter des innovations en mati├¿re de formation, afin de pr├®parer les jeunes ├á la transition digitale, ├á lÔÇÖintelligence artificielle, avec lesquelles ils devront composer demain. ┬╗. Les ├®coles h├┤teli├¿res, les universit├®s existent mais ont besoin de lÔÇÖ AMFORHT comme passerelle pour sÔÇÖenrichir mutuellement et cr├®er un environnement favorable afin dÔÇÖaller de lÔÇÖavant. Elles sont la chance de pouvoir profiter des ressources tr├¿s abondantes de lÔÇÖassociation gr├óce ├á sa pr├®sence dans le monde entier, que ce soit dans les domaines de la perception, de la r├®flexion, de lÔÇÖexp├®rience ou des nouvelles tendances. ┬½ La connaissance a toujours ├®t├® lÔÇÖouverture vers lÔÇÖ├®quit├® et lÔÇÖexcellence. Le Plaza Ath├®n├®e qui a le premier institu├®, malgr├® le scepticisme de toute la profession, la cinqui├¿me semaine de cong├®s pay├®s, la formation pour tous et la fin de la coupure a ├®t├® class├® meilleur palace du monde dans la foul├®e. Si les dirigeants et les employ├®s sont form├®s, les r├®sultats suivent. ┬╗ reprend Abderahman BELGAT. ┬½ Plus lÔÇÖhumain est valoris├® en lui donnant acc├¿s ├á la connaissance, ├á des exp├®riences concr├¿tes, plus il d├®veloppe ses capacit├®s. CÔÇÖest notre vocation dÔÇÖapporter cette derni├¿re ├á notre secteur, mais lÔÇÖ AMFORHT doit se faire entendre de mani├¿re plus forte. CÔÇÖest un challenge sain car sans but lucratif, mais essentiel pour lÔÇÖavenir de la profession ┬╗. LÔÇÖautre point que souhaite d├®velopper le nouveau pr├®sident est lÔÇÖesprit de conqu├¬te quÔÇÖil a gard├® de son exp├®rience aupr├¿s de G├®rard P├®lisson quand il a port├® les couleurs du groupe Accor dans tout le Moyen-Orient. LÔÇÖenjeu est pour lui colossal au moment o├╣ face aux pays tr├¿s avanc├®s tr├¿s ralentis par les crises sanitaires successives et leurs impacts sociologiques, les pays ├®mergents arrivent en force et sans bruit sur le march├®. ┬½ Nous devons donner lÔÇÖimpulsion aux jeunes, les emmener sur le chemin entrepreneurial car afin de grandir, il faut entreprendre ┬╗ ajoute-il. Et d'ajouter : ┬½ Philippe Fran├ºois a r├®alis├® un travail colossal quÔÇÖil est imp├®ratif de continuer. Nous devons nous-m├¬me entreprendre, porter des id├®es et ne pas se contenter de rester un ensemble des membres. Nous avons un poids ├á mettre dans la balance et un r├┤le ├á tenir. CÔÇÖest toute lÔÇÖimportance du forum de cette ann├®e qui pose les bases de nos nouvelles orientations conform├®ment ├á nos valeurs de partage et dÔÇÖanalyse. ┬╗.

Ce que lÔÇÖon dit de lui : Abderahman BELGAT est un homme ouvert, curieux de tout qui aime travailler dans la transparence, lÔÇÖhonn├¬tet├® et la rigueur. Des qualit├®s qui lui ont values dÔÇÖacc├®der ├á des fonctions diverses o├╣ il est toujours rest├® dans le partage et la g├®n├®rosit├®.

Ce que lÔÇÖon ne sait pas de lui : Abderahman BELGAT aime le sport en g├®n├®ral et le foot en particulier. Ce fin observateur, qui partage sa vision sur son site (, suit avec int├®r├¬t lÔÇÖ├®volution du football dans le monde, du sport f├®d├®rateur et festif ├á ses d├®buts, ├á son statut dÔÇÖaffaire dÔÇÖ├ëtat lors de la coupe du monde en Argentine en 1978 en passant par le r├¬ve Black Blanc Beur de celle de 1998 jusqu'├á un foot business qui transforme le mode de vie de jeunes de vingt ans et dÔÇÖune population quand lÔÇÖ├®v├®nement se d├®roule au Qatar.

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