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New Director of Operations and GM for IHG Oman Al Bustan Palace hotel

  • 24-Sep-09 09:12
  • Oman
  • Holiday Industry

The Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat in Oman has a brand new General Manager and Director of Operations. Martin van Kan has been appointed for the job in the hope that his management skills will draw more guests to the hotel.

New Director of Operations and GM for IHG Oman Al Bustan Palace hotel

Martin van Kan has been appointed as the new General Manager of the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat and as the new Director of Operations in Oman for InterContinental Hotels Group, in a bit to attract more visitors on Oman holidays to the luxury property.

Van Kan has held various managerial positions throughout Oman hotels and properties across the world including Asia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East, since joining InterContinental Hotels Group in 1984. After graduating from the Les Roches, Switzerland's Hotel and Tourism School, van Kan has built up a wealth of experience within the hospitality and tourism sector and in 2004 he was awarded the title, "General Manager of the Year".

After 20 years away from Oman, van Kan will be returning to the city to carry out his role at the newly refurbished Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat. This is not van Kan's first role at the hotel; in 1989 he was the property's Front Office Manager for three years. The Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat has recently undergone multimillion dollar renovations which included a new dazzling lobby area and improvements to the 250 rooms and suites available for travellers on Oman holidays.

Van Kan said:

"I am very pleased to be returning to Oman and to the Al Bustan Palace in particular – further to its renovation there has been an enhancement to the majestic feel of the hotel, which I am sure, will please all visitors. The hotel has a very rich history, and it gives me tremendous pride to have been a part of it in the past and in the time to come with a very motivated and enthusiast team by my side. Having worked within IHG for over 25 years I am looking forward to this new and exciting challenge.

"My return has been extremely welcoming. Oman is a very unique country and the people's warmth and hospitality is unprecedented – I simply had to come back. I've been rediscovering the country's heritage and astounding natural beauty regularly on my Harley Davidson – it is a really thrilling ride. This is all part of my adventurous spirit which I hope will convey the passion I have for Oman and the Al Bustan."

The luxury property is considered one of Oman's most popular high end hotels providing guests on Oman holiday the ultimate luxury experience during their stay.

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