Bamsey takes IHG Dubai post

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Mr. John Bamsey as Chief Operating Officer for the Middle East and Africa, in Dubai.

Previously Chief Operating Officer UK & Ireland, John has been with IHG since 2001 and holds more than 12 years of senior management experience in the hotel industry with companies such as Hilton and Le Meridien.

It is this depth of experience and expertise which will prove to be invaluable in the rapidly developing markets of the Middle East and Africa. As IHG grows to meet its development, adding 50-60,000 new rooms to its estate in three years, John Bamsey will lead the development of the Middle East & Africa region.

During his time in the UK & Ireland division of IHG, John also presided over the sale and management of more than 80 hotels that the company formally owned and now manages on behalf of investors.

Commenting on the move, John said, “The Middle East and Africa is a dynamic and rapidly changing market and I am excited about leading IHG’s business in the region to support the company’s business growth and development, and working with the excellent team that is in place in the region.

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“Having been a regular visitor to Dubai throughout the past 10 years, I am looking forward to being a part of the dynamic growth and excitement of the city. We have a number of major developments in the region including the opening of three properties at Dubai Festival City, the re-opening of InterContinental Abu Dhabi this year after extensive refurbishment, as well as the CityStars project in Cairo. I am looking forward to building relationships to further increase our presence in the region.”
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