Philipp John EconomouGeneral manager, InterContinental Fujairah. German national Phillip Economou was introduced to the art of hospitality during his formative years, building the foundation of his professional career. His passion for travel and hospitality led to an entry position working as a front office clerk at the Athenaeum InterContinental in Greece. Economou soon fully integrated himself into the InterContinental Group and set off on his next journey in Spain. Here, he was brought on board as assistant F&B manager in 2002, later attaining the position of F&B operations director at InterContinental Castellana. Economou rose to his next challenge at the InterContinental Carlton, France, where he worked for a full year before setting off to InterContinental Miami, USA, where he led the business to be recognised as the most profitable F&B operation across IHG North AmericaAfter this success, Economou moved to the Middle East for the first time, as general manager at Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi and improved the hotels overall performance to achieve 10 out of 10 on Hotel Metrics 2014. Prior to his departure from the Holiday Inn, Economou led the growth of a new Japanese restaurant, Sushi Sun, from concept to development. In 2016, he attained the position of general manager at the InterContinental Fujairah Resort, where he brings 22 years of hospitality experience to the forefront.