InterContinental Abu Dhabi has announced the appointment of Dieter O. Franke as general manager, responsible for the overall commercial operations and management of the Capitals first internationally branded hotel, InterContinental Abu Dhabi.
Franke brings with him over 24 years experience in the hospitality industry and will play a vital role in maintaining the hotel’s position as an iconic symbol of Emirati heritage, within the capital, and its reputation for personalised service and practical luxury tailored for today’s affluent travellers.
Born in Germany, Franke’s hospitality career began with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in 1987, were he has held a number of managerial positions across all key hotel functions in Europe, America, the Mediterranean and the Middle East since then. His most recent positions within IHG were hotel manager at InterContinental Dubai Festival City from 2007, and general manager of Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi - Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi - Yas Island from 2009, playing an intrinsic role in the opening, operations and management of all three of these landmark UAE hotels.
Commenting on his new role Franke said, “It is a real honour to be joining the iconic InterContinental Abu Dhabi as it celebrates its 31st year of service in the capital. I very much look forward to working with and leading a great team of well-experienced hospitality professionals in continuing to provide the impeccable service and quality facilities for which InterContinental is globally renowned.’
There are 170 InterContinental hotels around the world and 59 in the development pipeline, which will open in the next three to five years. IHG operates 33 InterContinental hotels across the Middle East and Africa with a further 11 in the pipeline.