Published on : Thursday, April 8, 2021
Haitham Mattar has been appointed as the Managing Director for India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) at IHG Hotels & Resorts. Mattar is a well-known industry leader in the IMEA region, with over 25 years of experience in hospitality and tourism and an outstanding network across the industry.
Haitham Mattar joins IHG Hotels & Resorts from the Saudi Ministry of Tourism where he served as Senior Advisor and a Member of the Executive Leadership Committee and contributed to the development and implementation of a sustainable tourism strategy. Previously, he also spent four years as Chief Executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, reporting to his sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, member of the supreme council and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
Guided by this vision, Mattar 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. Under his leadership, Ras al Khaimah was recognised as the Leading Adventure Tourism Destination in Middle East for three consecutive years by the World Travel Awards.
He also spent 11 years at IHG Hotels & Resorts from 2000 to 2011 in various operations, commercial and sales and marketing positions based in IMEA. In his new role, Mattar will be based in IHG’s Dubai office and will report to Kenneth Macpherson, Chief Executive, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA). An industry veteran, Mattar is the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Travel and Tourism Industry title at the World Travel Awards. He will take up the new role on April 18.