IHG reveals name of area GM for Dubai Festival City Hotels

Dutch national Mathieu van Alphen has 28 years’ experience with the InterContinental brand

Van Alphen first general manager post was at the InterContinental Köln, Germany.
Van Alphen first general manager post was at the InterContinental Köln, Germany.

IHG has appointed Mathieu van Alphen area general manager for Dubai Festival City Hotels.

Van Alphen has worked within InterContinental Hotels Group for 28 years and first began his career in 1987, working across Europe, Russia and the Middle East in the luxury arena, a statement said.

Van Alphen began his career accounting, progressing to financial controller roles, before assuming the position of hotel manager at the InterContinental Frankfurt, Germany.

Reportedly, Van Alphen went on to accept his first general manager post at the InterContinental Köln, Germany, and subsequently held several other general manager positions in different InterContinental properties across Europe.

Van Alphen also worked in Abu Dhabi  in 2005, where he was the cluster general manager of Beach Rotana’s flagship location. 

His present role as area general manager will see Van Alphen responsible for InterContinental, InterContinental Residence Suites, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn at Dubai Festival City, as well as the 6,000 m2 events venue Festival Arena.

Speaking about the appointment, Bastien Blanc, vice president, Middle East & North Africa said: “We welcome Mathieu back to the IHG family and look forward to the continued success of our flagship properties in Dubai Festival City.”

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