Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate to address employee gender imbalance

General manager Ian Rydin has set a KPI with the aim of increasing the representation of women in managerial positions in the hotel

Ian Rydin
Ian Rydin

Speaking at this year's Hotelier Middle East Great GM Debate, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate general manager Ian Rydin acknowledged the lack of women leaders within the property, however steps have already been taken to ensure that women are given an equal chance to move up the career ladder.

Rydin has set a KPI with the aim of increasing the representation of women in managerial positions in the hotel to 15%. This is anchored in Accor’s goal of having 35% female hotel managers by 2020 within its network of more than 4,600 hotels through RiiSE programme.

Rydin said: “At Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai, women play a valuable role in the collective brainstorming, product enhancement, and decision making process for services and guest facing facilities.”

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According to Rydin, the products and services offered by hotels need to change and adapt to the growing number of women travellers. Diversification is key and the insights of women in the decision and product enhancement process are indispensable.

“We ensure that women represent at least 30% of the decisive process towards the product enhancement of our rooms, F&B offerings, and guest facing services. Their valuable insights and approach remain a crucial element in doing better business and building strengthened relationships,” added Rydin. “We have to understand that the end goal here is creating an environment of diversity and inclusion because each of us has a part to play in the success of the hotel.”

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