7April 2021: IHGHotels Resorts, one of the world's leading hotel companies, has announced the appointment of Haitham Mattar as Managing Director of India, Middle Eastand Africa (IMEA), effective 18 April 2021.
Haitham is a well-known industry veteran in the IMEA region, with over 25 years of experience in hospitality and tourism and an outstanding network across the industry. In his new role with IHG, Haithamwill take on abroadleadership agenda to drive IHG's business in the Middle East, Africa and the South West Asia region, covering both development and operations responsibilities across a portfolio of 165 operational hotels and a strong pipeline ofover100properties, representing IHG's brands across luxury and lifestyle, premium, essentials and suites collections.
Haitham Mattar joins IHG Hotels and Resorts from the Saudi Ministry of Tourism where, as Senior Advisor and a member of the Executive Leadership Committee, he contributed to the development and implementation of Saudi's sustainable tourism strategy to become one of the world's top tourist destinations. Before then, Haitham spent four years as CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, reporting to His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Guided by His Highness' vision, Haitham was responsible for developing and implementing the first ever tourism strategy to position Ras Al Khaimah as a global adventure tourism destination, connecting the world to the emirates' natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage.
Haitham previously spent 11 years at IHG Hotels and Resortsfrom 2000 to 2011in variousoperations,commercial andsalesand marketing positions based in IMEA. In his new role, Haitham will be based in IHG's Dubai office and will report to Kenneth Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa(EMEAA).
Commenting on the announcement,Kenneth Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa said: "I am very pleased to welcome Haitham back to IHG and lead our business in IMEA at such a crucial time for the travel and tourism industry. Haithamhas a wealth ofexperiencewithin the sector andhas been at the forefront of severalimportantstrategic initiatives in the regionover the last decade. I am confident that his knowledge, diverse experience, along with cross-continent and local expertise will be invaluable, as we look to continue driving ourrecovery"
Haitham Mattarsaid: "I am delighted to join the IHG family once again and have an opportunity to leadsuchadiverse regionwith enormous potential.The tourismand hospitality landscape in IMEA hastransformed significantlyinrecent years,providing us withatremendousopportunityto offer world-class hospitality options to both domestic and international travellers. Building on IHG's strong performance track record and growth plans, I look forward to working with the team, as well as our partners, as we look ahead to the next chapter of travel in the region."
IHG currently operates 165 hotels across 8 brands in India, Middle East, and Africa including: InterContinental,Crowne Plaza,Hotel IndigoHoliday Inn,Holiday Inn Express,Staybridge Suites,vocoand Six Senseswith a further 102 in the development pipeline due to open within the next three to five years.
**Numbers as ofDecember 31st, 2020
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IHG Hotels and Resorts [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.
With a family of 16 hotel brands and IHG Rewards, one of the worlds largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has nearly 6,000 open hotels in more than 100 countries, and a further 1,800 due to open over the next five years.
- Luxury and lifestyle: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Resorts, Kimpton Hotels Restaurants, Hotel Indigo
- Premium: HUALUXE Hotels Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels Resorts, EVEN Hotels, voco Hotels
- Essentials: Holiday Inn Hotels Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, avid hotels
- Suites: Atwell Suites, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Candlewood Suites
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