AL BUSTAN PALACE INTERCONTINENTAL MUSCAT APPOINTS MICHAEL KAPPES TO TEAM IN LEAD-UP TO UPGRADE
InterContinental Hotels Group, the world’s most global hotel company, has appointed Michael Kappes as Director of Sales and Marketing at the stunning Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat.
Excited at joining the team in the lead up to a planned US$17 million renovation project – to include rooms, restaurants, banquet facilities and fitness areas – German national Kappes, who has been working in the hospitality industry since the 1970s, is looking forward to driving new initiatives at the picturesque property.
“Drawing on my experience that has included working with major hotel groups in the Gulf and throughout Europe, I aim to further boost the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat’s popularity with European and Middle Eastern visitors,” said Kappes.
Moving into the new role at the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat from his previous post at the Regency InterContinental Bahrain, where he was also the Director of Sales and Marketing, Kappes will be able to draw on previous achievements to set new targets for his sales and marketing team. Kappes plans to drive the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat’s reputation as the prime holiday spot in the country by taking part in key trade shows, promoting the destination throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and selling the hotel as an incentive spot for corporate groups.
With a passion for reading, classical music, drawing, painting, cooking and photography, this consummate hotel professional is also a keen linguist with skills in German, French, English and Arabic.
Speaking about the new addition to the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat team, Denis Johnson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, InterContinental Hotels Group Middle East and Africa, said: “With renovations set to start in May next year, it is going to be a very exciting and innovative time at the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat. It is reassuring to know that Michael – who has a wealth of experience – is now part of the team and will be directing the sales and marketing sector.”
Since opening in 1985, the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat has built a reputation as the best hotel in the Middle East and one of the finest hotels in the world. New initiatives during the summer will enable even more Gulf visitors to experience the wonders of the resort. Additionally, food lovers will relish the opportunity to ‘Dine with a Star’ and sample fine delights prepared by Michelin Star Chefs.
Identified as the Jewel of the Sultanate of Oman and the Middle East, the hotel is situated eight kilometres from the downtown business district and 35 kilometres from the airport, and is nestled on the coast surrounded by a dramatic mountain backdrop, sea and beach and set in 200 acres of lush, green gardens. It is close to Muscat and the commercial centre and enjoys spectacular views over the Gulf of Oman.
Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat hotel has 250 luxurious rooms and suites, each with its own private balcony and most with spectacular views over the Gulf of Oman.
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