Peter Blackburn started his career in property development and eventually moved on to hospitality. For twenty years he travelled around London, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and UAE looking after renowned hotel properties including Intercontinental, Thistle, Peninsula, and Rotana Hotels.
After successfully opening 23 hotels for Rotana, he realised his dream of setting up a new hotel brand – Cristal Hotels & Resorts. Hand in hand with his partner, Kamal, they personally reared their first property until its opening in April 2009.
Achievements this year include Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi and Cristal Salam Hotel awarded with a Certificate of Excellence 2012 by TripAdvisor with both properties ranked at the top five hotels in Abu Dhabi.
Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi also won ‘Leading Islamic Hotel’ at the Arab Achievement Awards 2011 during the Arab Investment Summit 2011.
Blackburn oversaw the signing of five new projects, three in KSA, once in South Africa and one in Erbil.
The rest of the year will see the on-going renovation of Cristal Itsandra Beach Hotel in Comoros Island and Cristal Grand Kadri Hotel in Lebanon.
There will also be five new additions to the current portfolio of three hotels, including properties in KSA, Iraq and South Africa.