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IHG appoints Haitham Mattar as Commercial Director Near East

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Friday, 20 March 2009

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Haitham Mattar as Commercial Director Near East.

Mattar will be moving from his current role as Director of Marketing IHG MEA based in Dubai to Beirut where he will oversee the commercial function for IHGs hotels in Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

In addition, he will assume the role of Area General Manager-Lebanon, leading operations for InterContinental Mzaar Lebanon Resort and Spa, Crowne Plaza Beirut and Holiday Inn Dunes Beirut.

Commenting on Mattars new role, Tom Rowntree, Vice President Commercial, Middle East and Africa said, In his new role as Commercial Director Near East, Haithams responsibilities will be to develop and implement regional business growth strategies and ensuring alignment with the groups sales, marketing, PR and revenue activities.

Mattar started his career in the hotel industry 22 years ago in the USA and his last post in the country was in Orlando, Florida with a well known international hotel brand as Operations Manager.

In 2000, he joined the IHG group as Director of Sales and Marketing at InterContinental Dubai. During his nine years with IHG, Mattar has received several accolades; Best Performance award in 2005 and EMEA Local Marketing Activity of the Year award in 2006. He was also nominated for the Aim Higher award in 2007.

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