IHG appoints GM for new Dubai Marina hotel
Dubai, May 28, 2014
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Michael Martin as the general manager of the InterContinental Dubai Marina and regional general manager overseeing 10 hotes in the UAE.
In his new role, Martin will open Dubai’s newest InterContinental hotel, due to open its doors in the final quarter of this year.
The hotel will feature direct views over the water at Dubai Marina, 132 hotel rooms, 196 InterContinental Residential Suites and eight food and beverage restaurants and bars, including Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton’s first signature restaurant in the Middle East.
As the regional general manager for the UAE, he will oversee IHG’s growing portfolio of hotels in the country. IHG has plans to add seven properties in the UAE over the next three to five years.
Martin brings with him more than 30 years' experience in the hospitality industry, out of which he has spent 22 years with IHG. He moves to the UAE from China, where he opened two Crowne Plaza hotels and was responsible for the development of four other properties.
Ignace Bauwens, vice president, Operations, UAE, Near East & Africa, IHG said: “Michael’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of IHG’s brands and company structure makes him an indisputable choice to lead the high-profile opening of InterContinental Dubai Marina and to oversee our fast-growing portfolio of hotels in the UAE, which is a key market for IHG both regionally and globally.
“Having launched and managed a variety of properties throughout China and the UK, we are confident Michael will bring a fresh perspective and some exciting new ideas to our operations in this part of the world.”
InterContinental Dubai Marina will be the fourth InterContinental Hotel in the UAE, joining InterContinental Dubai Festival City, InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai and InterContinental Abu Dhabi. IHG currently has 18 hotels in the UAE. - TradeArabia News Service