IHG Lodges & Resorts has introduced the appointment of Haitham Mattar as managing director for India, Center East and Africa (IMEA).
The business veteran – recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Travel & Tourism Industry title on the World Travel Awards – will take up the function on April 18th.
Mattar is a well known business chief within the IMEA area, with over 25 years of expertise in hospitality and tourism and an impressive community throughout the business.
Haitham Mattar mentioned: “I’m delighted to affix the IHG household as soon as once more and have a possibility to guide such a various area with monumental potential.
“The tourism and hospitality panorama in IMEA has reworked considerably lately, offering us with an incredible alternative to supply world-class hospitality choices to each home and worldwide travellers.
“Constructing on IHG’s sturdy efficiency observe document and development plans, I stay up for working with the group, in addition to our companions, as we stay up for the subsequent chapter of journey within the area.”
In his new function with IHG, he’ll tackle a broad management agenda to drive the enterprise within the Center East, Africa and the south-west Asia area.
He will probably be protecting each improvement and operations obligations throughout a portfolio of 165 inns and a powerful pipeline of over 100 properties, representing manufacturers throughout luxurious and life-style, premium, necessities and suites collections.
Haitham Mattar joins IHG Lodges & Resorts from the Saudi ministry of tourism the place, as senior advisor and a member of the chief management committee, he contributed to the event and implementation of a sustainable tourism technique.
Earlier than then, he spent 4 years as chief government of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Growth Authority, reporting to His sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, member of the supreme council and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
Guided by this imaginative and prescient, Mattar was liable for growing and implementing the primary ever tourism technique to place Ras Al Khaimah as a world journey tourism vacation spot, connecting the world to the emirates’ pure landscapes and wealthy cultural heritage.
Underneath his management, Ras al Khaimah was recognised because the Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination for 3 consecutive years by the World Travel Awards.
He beforehand spent 11 years at IHG Lodges & Resorts from 2000 to 2011 in numerous operations, industrial and gross sales and advertising positions primarily based in IMEA.
In his new function, Mattar will probably be primarily based in IHG’s Dubai workplace and can report back to Kenneth Macpherson, chief government, Europe, Center East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA).
Macpherson mentioned: “I’m very happy to welcome Haitham again to IHG and lead our enterprise in IMEA at such an important time for the journey and tourism business.
“Haitham has a wealth of expertise throughout the sector and has been on the forefront of a number of essential strategic initiatives within the area over the past decade.
“I’m assured that his data, numerous expertise, together with cross-continent and native experience will probably be invaluable, as we glance to proceed driving our restoration.”
IHG at present operates 165 inns throughout eight manufacturers in India, Center East and Africa together with: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Resort Indigo Vacation Inn, Vacation Inn Categorical, Staybridge Suites, voco and Six Senses.
There are an additional 102 properties within the improvement pipeline as a consequence of open throughout the subsequent three to 5 years.