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53116 25 Oct 2020

New Area General Manager Appointed for IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City

Thomas Schmelter will oversee four properties and the Dubai Festival Arena.

DUBAI, UAE, October 2020: IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City announces the appointment of veteran hotelier Thomas Schmelter as Area General Manager of IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City overseeing four properties and the Dubai Festival Arena.

Originally from Germany, Thomas joined the cluster Hotels on October 1 2020 and is responsible to drive the performance of InterContinental, InterContinental Residences Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Dubai Festival Arena by InterContinental at Dubai Festival City with a total number of 1,600 rooms and more than 10,000 sqm of event venues.

Thomas is a seasoned hotelier and comes to this position with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry within IHG. Thomas has worked in ten different countries in various senior management roles between corporate offices and hotels. He moved to Dubai from his recent role as Senior Director of operations - South East Asia based in the IHG Singapore corporate office.

Thomas is married and has two sons. He is passionate about fitness and loves running and spending time in the gym. He also enjoys exploring new restaurants and bars, especially the hidden gems in a city. An avid traveller, Thomas loves to explore new destinations across the world.

Commenting on his appointment, David Todd, Head of Operations MEA said: We are thrilled to welcome Mr Thomas Schmelter back to the region. His pursuit of excellence and true hospitality in all facets of hotel operations is key as we focus on recovery and strong performance working with all our strategic partners and government entities to re-accelerate the return of MICE business in our hotels at Dubai Festival City.

Thomas Schmelter added: Im delighted to be joining the vibrant team at the IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City. The hotels have a long-standing reputation for excellence in service, and I look forward to working with the team to bring new dimensions of personalized recognition to all our guests and visitors.

About IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City:

Taking prime location within Dubais newest and most exciting retail, leisure and entertainment destination, Dubai Festival City is only minutes from Dubai International Airport, the major commercial hubs of Dubai and connecting roads to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and beyond.

The IHG hotels in Dubai Festival City sit on the waters edge of the historic Dubai Creek and are just a stones-throw away from the momentous Dubai Festival City Mall, allowing visitors to benefit from the best of both worlds, old and new.

Encompassing the Intercontinental (508 rooms), InterContinental Residences Suites (264 rooms), Crowne Plaza (316 rooms) and the Holiday Inn (510 rooms), plus almost 10,000 sqm of diverse event spaces including the Festival Arena and 14 restaurants and bars, Dubai Festival City is the perfect destination for anyone spending time in Dubai.

For more information on the hotels, conference facilities and restaurants at Dubai Festival City, please visit: dubaifestivalcityhotels.com