- April 12, 2021 / 5 min readMattar joins IHG Hotels & Resorts from the Saudi Ministry of Tourism.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts has appointed Haitham Mattar as Managing Director of India, Middle East & 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. In his new role with IHG, his responsibility will be 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 of over 100 properties, representing IHG’s brands across luxury and lifestyle, premium, essentials and suites collections.
“I am delighted to join the IHG family once again and have an opportunity to lead such a diverse region with enormous potential. The tourism and hospitality landscape in IMEA has transformed significantly in recent years, providing us with a tremendous opportunity to offer world-class hospitality options to both domestic and international travelers,” said Mattar.
Mattar joins IHG Hotels & Resorts from the Saudi Ministry of Tourism.
He has also worked 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.
He previously spent 11 years at IHG Hotels & Resorts from 2000 to 2011 in various operations, commercial and sales & 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).
“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. Haitham has a wealth of experience within the sector and has been at the forefront of several important strategic initiatives in the region over the last decade,” added Kenneth Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, IHG.
IHG currently operates 165 hotels across 8 brands in India, Middle East, and Africa including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, voco and Six Senses with a further 102 in the development pipeline due to open within the next three to five years.
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