InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel operator, announced today that Clive Smith has been appointed as General Manager of the InterContinental Lusaka.
The hospitality professional, with more than 15 years of proven senior international management at premier properties, is pleased to join the team at the long-standing InterContinental Lusaka, which is a true landmark of the Zambian capital and is regarded for its high levels of service and facilities that address both business and leisure travelers.
Described by colleagues as an excellent leader, motivator and communicator with high skills in standards, finance and a track record of achieving results, Smith moves to the position from his previous role as Resident Manager of the InterContinental Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Smith originally joined the InterContinental Hotels Group fold in 2000, when he was the Resident Manager of the Holiday Inn Mayfair in London, UK.
“Both of the previous positions I have held with InterContinental Hotels Group has provided me with wonderful experience and background to take on this exciting and challenging new role in Lusaka. It is wonderful to be stationed at the InterContinental Lusaka, which is a true landmark in the Zambian capital of Lusaka,” said Smith.
As the largest hotel operator in the Middle East, InterContinental Hotels Group has more than 70 InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn properties across the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Kenya, Eritrea, Zambia and Gabon.
Enjoying playing squash, golf and Tae Kwon Do, Smith is also passionate about snow-boarding and chess. With the move from Saudi Arabia to Zambia, he will also be able to maintain his monthly desert trips when he has time-off from providing the ultimate in accommodation, service and direction to the country’s most popular tourist sites.
Located in the diplomatic district – close to the commercial area of Lusaka – Smith says: “Whether visitors are here for business or pleasure, they can be assured of enjoying warm Zambian culture and hospitality.”
With most visitors flocking to Zambia to visit one of the world’s seven wonders – the Victoria Falls – the staff at the hotel are always prepared to help guests with arranging visits to some of the most un-spoilt game reserves in Africa. The hotel provides information on how to book excursions out of Lusaka, as well as advice on places of interest within Lusaka.
Offering the full range of accommodation – from superior rooms to the opulence of the Presidential Suite – guests can be assured of comfort with all rooms air-conditioned and fitted out to offer 5-star standards. “With the rise of business travelers, all rooms have Internet connectivity and built in adapters and in my new role I am to increase the use of the property with the international business community,” said Smith.
Commenting on Smith’s appointment, Chris Moloney, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East and Africa, said: “At InterContinental Hotels Group we are always pleased to be able to fill senior roles with people from our own team who have gained wonderful experience. We are confident that Clive will be a valued addition to the team in Lusaka.”
About InterContinental Hotels Group
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 71005), 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 largest hotel group 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®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel IndigoTM, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards, with over 25 million members worldwide. In addition to this, InterContinental Hotels Group has a 47.5% interest in Britvic, one of the two leading manufacturers of soft drinks, by value and volume, in Great Britain. InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ichotelsgroup.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from InterContinental Hotels Group, visit our online Press Office at www.ihgplc.com/media.
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