Crowne Plaza Dubai is one of the flagship properties for InterContinental Hotels Group in the region, with 568 rooms and one of the larges F&B and conference setups in the Middle East. The newly appointed General Manager of Crowne Plaza Dubai, Mr. Laurent Rigaud, was welcomed on the 10th of April 2008 as the newest addition to the dynamic Crowne Plaza Dubai Team.
Mr. Laurent has vast experience in the hospitality industry. His career started when he joined InterContinental Hotels Group in 1985, in the food and beverage department at the InterContinental London. He was transferred to InterContinental Sydney in 1988,as the restaurant manager.
In 1991 he left IHG to broaden his horizon at the award winning “Treasury” restaurant in Hong Kong, Taiwan and The Philippines. In 1999 he rejoined IHG as Food and Beverage Manager at the InterContinental Phoenicia in Lebanon.
He was then promoted to Resident Manager at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi and to General Manager of the Holiday Inn in Downtown Kuwait in 2005.
Laurent Rigaud, General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Dubai: “I am delighted to be part of such a dynamic team. I look forward to the challenges ahead. I have been working in the Middle East for the last 8 years and know I can add great value to this great hotel guests love.”
His predecessor, Mr. Pascal Gauvin, was recently promoted to VP Operations UAE & Qatar, Middle East & Africa. He has been an ambassador for IHG since 1981.
Crowne Plaza Dubai offers information and online reservations www.crowneplaza.com/dubai and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com
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