Published February 22nd, 2006 - 07:39 GMT

The world’s largest global hotel operator InterContinental Hotels Group announces the appointment of Sean Walwyn as the Group’s new Area Director of Sales and Marketing, UAE and Qatar.

Walwyn brings over 30 years of hospitality experience to his new role, and over 4 years experience with the Group, beginning his career as a Holiday Helper and Food and Beverage Trainee in London, UK. An extensive traveler, Walwyn has lived and worked in regions as varied as Barbados, Nigeria, Amsterdam, Kuwait, Japan, Istanbul, Canada and Qatar, working his way up to director and managerial positions.

His most recent position was as Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the Africa region, where his role included overseeing all sales and marketing functions for the Group’s four properties in Lusaka, Asmara, Libreville and Nairobi. Walwyn established strong relationships with local and foreign tour operators developing the Tour & Travel volume in Nairobi by an additional 6,500 room nights in 2004. By implementing a cohesive and highly successful regional marketing and sales strategy, Walwyn was able to improve both market share and RGI performance in Nairobi from number 4 to number 2 year-on-year.

“At InterContinental Hotels Group we are committed to sourcing the best people to oversee the management of our properties and with Walwyn’s extensive knowledge and know how, it is only fitting that he take on charge of developing the sales and marketing strategies for our UAE and Qatar properties,” said Chris Moloney, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East and Africa.

InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels across the region can be booked with toll-free calls to the InterContinental Hotels Group Middle East Central Reservations Office in Bahrain (80000 880), Egypt (0800-4433322), Jordan (0800-22666), Kuwait (473 2100 ext 6233), Lebanon (01 426-801 - ask operator to connect to 866 866 7556), Oman (800 777 999), Pakistan (00800 909 971234) Qatar (0800 971234), Saudi Arabia (800 897 1465), and the UAE (800 4642).
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's most global hotel company and the largest by number of rooms. InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 3,500 hotels and 535,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world ( The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn ® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, and Candlewood Suites®, and also has a controlling interest in Britvic, the second largest soft drinks manufacturer in the UK. InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and reservations capability on the Internet - for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, for Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, for Holiday Inn hotels, for Holiday Inn Express hotels, for Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn hotels, and for Candlewood Suites, and for the Group's rewards programme, For the latest news from InterContinental Hotels Group, visit our online Press Office at



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