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The IHG behemoth is growing, and how. Pascal Gauvin commands 28,833 rooms across 80 hotels operating in this region as of 30 June this year, and with 28 properties in the pipeline (7,326 rooms), Gauvin is as busy as ever.

In order to support the opening of many hotels in the next three to five years, the company is adding another 8,000 jobs in the coming years. This will take the operator to well over 30,000 employees in this region — a growth of around 30%. Human resources is a big focus for the operator — this year, the company has also received the 2017 Global Best Employer accreditation from Aon Hewitt. The accolade comes in IHG’s first year of participation in the global survey and is complemented by country-level accreditation in 46 out of the 64 countries assessed by Aon, representing 97% of its global workforce.

In the last 12 months, Gauvin has signed a number of properties, including the likes of the InterContinental Residences and Suites Business Bay, Crowne Plaza Business BayHoliday Inn Dubai Science Park, Holiday Inn Addis Ababa, and the Crowne Plaza Cairo, among others. Properties opened in the last year include the Holiday Inn Mutare in Zimbabwe, which is the third Holiday Inn-franchised property with African Sun Limited, and the Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall in Saudi Arabia, which is IHG’s first Staybridge Suites hotel in the Kingdom.

Since coming to power, Gauvin has signed and launched brands like Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo in the region. Notably, he’s revealed the ambition to bring the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand to the Middle East. He tells Hotelier Middle East: “The brand has huge potential for growth outside the US, and we plan to capitalise on our scale, distribution systems, and the relationships with our owners to support its growth in the Middle East and Africa. Currently we are in discussions with several stakeholders on the brand’s debut in these markets.”

IHG is also set to see the debut of its first InterContinental hotel in Fujairah in October this year, and has signed an agreement with Bukhamseen Group Holding Company, a Kuwaiti business conglomerate, to build and operate IHG hotels exclusively in the State of Kuwait.

Career development for Gauvin has also been seen in the last 12 months. He reveals: “In 2017, my role was expanded to include Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. We expect to open our first Holiday Inn in Algeria in the next three to six months. These are interesting new markets for IHG and we look forward to gaining more momentum there.”

Gauvin is definitely optimistic about the future. He says: “We are continuing to drive strong owner economics and develop strategic partnerships. We have invested in technology, namely the new guest reservation system, which will go live in AMEA in 2018. We are driving scale where it matters and our focused approach is paying off.”

Olivier Granet

Managing director and chief operating officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa
Granet promises the area and brands under his leadership will see the opening of two hotels every month until 2020

Pascal Gauvin

Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Since coming to power, Gauvin has signed and launched brands like Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo in the region

Mark Willis

Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Willis has been focused on many initiatives that centre around diversity, inclusion, and equal rights last year

Andreas Mattmüller

Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Mattmüller's aim is to operate 125 upscale and upper-upscale hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia by 2020

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Under Alzaabi’s leadership, development and acquisitions at the company have raced ahead, with 40 new contracts signed in the last 12 months

Omer Kaddouri

President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd
Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels now has 14 hotels spanning 2,678 rooms coming up in the years ahead

Kamel Ajami

Vice president operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton
Under his leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA and the Levant is set to triple in the region

Amine Moukarzel

President/ partner, Louvre Hotels Group/ Golden Tulip Hotels MENA
His leadership has overseen the overhaul of the core four-star brand, Golden Tulip Hotels

Ignace Bauwens

Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president, Middle East and Africa
Wyndham has 27 hotels and 6,167 rooms in the MENA pipeline, while already operating 49 hotels and 8,528 rooms in the region

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 5
  • Number of years with the company 24
  • Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017 80
  • Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017 28
 

Olivier Granet

Managing director and chief operating officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa
Granet promises the area and brands under his leadership will see the opening of two hotels every month until 2020

Pascal Gauvin

Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Since coming to power, Gauvin has signed and launched brands like Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo in the region

Mark Willis

Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Willis has been focused on many initiatives that centre around diversity, inclusion, and equal rights last year

Andreas Mattmüller

Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Mattmüller's aim is to operate 125 upscale and upper-upscale hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia by 2020

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Under Alzaabi’s leadership, development and acquisitions at the company have raced ahead, with 40 new contracts signed in the last 12 months

Omer Kaddouri

President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd
Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels now has 14 hotels spanning 2,678 rooms coming up in the years ahead

Kamel Ajami

Vice president operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton
Under his leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA and the Levant is set to triple in the region

Amine Moukarzel

President/ partner, Louvre Hotels Group/ Golden Tulip Hotels MENA
His leadership has overseen the overhaul of the core four-star brand, Golden Tulip Hotels

Ignace Bauwens

Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president, Middle East and Africa
Wyndham has 27 hotels and 6,167 rooms in the MENA pipeline, while already operating 49 hotels and 8,528 rooms in the region