Mary is the Founder of Landmark, a unique impact-driven hospitality brand that owns and operates Landmark Amman. Mary currently serves as Chairperson and previously played various roles in the hotel business since 2001. Landmark is the only 5-star Jordanian hotel brand created by the community for the community. Landmark was also the first Jordanian brand to expand outside of Jordan and was responsible for the opening and management of St George Landmark in Occupied East Jerusalem.
Mary’s great grandfather, Anton Nazzal was a pioneer in the hotel industry in the region. He founded the first hotel in Amman, the Philadelphia hotel, as well as the Nazzal’s camp in Petra and the Winter Palace in Jericho.
Her father Yousef Nazzal is the legend behind the Commodore Hotel (amongst others) in Beirut that was featured in several books (such as Thomas Friedman’s book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, as well as articles and documentaries related to the important role the hotel played during the time of the Lebanese civil war. Mary was born in Beirut during this time.
Landmark is signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles by UNWomen and has partnerships with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and GIZ for gender diversity.
On a lighter note, Landmark received the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest falafel, taking the record back from a previous record holder who had culturally appropriated this Levantine staple food.