IHG Resorts & 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 stated: “I’m delighted to affix the IHG household as soon as once more and have a possibility to guide such a various area with huge potential.
“The tourism and hospitality panorama in IMEA has remodeled considerably in recent times, offering us with an amazing alternative to supply world-class hospitality choices to each home and worldwide travellers.
“Constructing on IHG’s robust efficiency monitor document and development plans, I sit up for working with the group, in addition to our companions, as we stay up for the following 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 likely be masking each growth and operations obligations throughout a portfolio of 165 lodges and a robust pipeline of over 100 properties, representing manufacturers throughout luxurious and life-style, premium, necessities and suites collections.
Haitham Mattar joins IHG Resorts & Resorts from the Saudi ministry of tourism the place, as senior advisor and a member of the manager management committee, he contributed to the event and implementation of a sustainable tourism technique.
Earlier than then, he spent 4 years as chief govt of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Improvement 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 creating and implementing the primary ever tourism technique to place Ras Al Khaimah as a worldwide journey tourism vacation spot, connecting the world to the emirates’ pure landscapes and wealthy cultural heritage.
Beneath 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 Resorts & Resorts from 2000 to 2011 in numerous operations, business and gross sales and advertising and marketing positions based mostly in IMEA.
In his new function, Mattar will likely be based mostly in IHG’s Dubai workplace and can report back to Kenneth Macpherson, chief govt, Europe, Center East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA).
Macpherson stated: “I’m very happy to welcome Haitham again to IHG and lead our enterprise in IMEA at such a vital 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 during the last decade.
“I’m assured that his information, numerous expertise, together with cross-continent and native experience will likely be invaluable, as we glance to proceed driving our restoration.”
IHG at the moment operates 165 lodges throughout eight manufacturers in India, Center East and Africa together with: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Lodge Indigo Vacation Inn, Vacation Inn Categorical, Staybridge Suites, voco and Six Senses.
There are an extra 102 properties within the growth pipeline as a consequence of open throughout the subsequent three to 5 years.