InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed
Martin van Kan as the new Director of Operations in Oman and
General Manager of the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat.
van Kan is a graduate of the Hotel and Tourism School,
Les Roches, in Switzerland and has many years of experience in the
He has held several managerial positions
throughout his career across a variety of markets, namely in Asia,
the Middle East and the United Kingdom.
Joining IHG in 1984,
van Kan was awarded the ‘General Manager of the Year’ title in
2004. Some of his previous positions include: Area General Manager
for IHG in Shenzhen, China; General Manager for InterContinental
Doha in Qatar; and Resident Manager for InterContinental Phoenicia
in Beirut, Lebanon.
van Kan returns to Oman after
an absence of twenty years, when he was the Front Office Manager
for the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat between 1989 and
Having recently concluded a
multimillion dollar lobby renovation the Al Bustan Palace
InterContinental Muscat features 250 rooms and suites and continues to be one of the region’s
most revered establishments.
very pleased to be returning to Oman and to the Al Bustan Palace
in particular – further to its renovation there has been an
enhancement to the majestic feel of the hotel, which I am sure
will please all visitors. The hotel has a very rich history, and
it gives me tremendous pride to have been a part of it in the past
and in the time to come with a very motivated and enthusiast team
by my side. Having worked within IHG for over 25 years I am
looking forward to this new and exciting challenge” Martin said.
“My return has been extremely welcoming. Oman is a very unique
country and the people’s warmth and hospitality is unprecedented –
I simply had to come back. I’ve been rediscovering the country’s
heritage and astounding natural beauty regularly on my Harley
Davidson – it is a really thrilling ride. This is all part of my
adventurous spirit which I hope will convey the passion I have for
Oman and the Al Bustan.”
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