Naif Zureikat appointed regional GM IHG Hotels & Resorts 

Naif Zureikat appointed regional GM IHG Hotels & Resorts 

Naif Zureikat

Naif Zureikat will be leading operations across eight IHG hotels in Jordan and Lebanon.

Recognized for his business acumen, people-oriented management style and attention to detail, Zureikat began his hospitality journey in 1980 as a GM and eventually moved into executive and area positions.

As a hospitality veteran, Zureikat brings with him over 30 years of experience and will oversee the operations of Crowne Plaza Resort Jordan Dead Sea, Crowne Plaza Amman, Holiday Inn Resort Jordan Dead Sea, Crowne Plaza Petra (reopening), InterContinental Resort Aqaba, InterContinental Mzaar Mountain Resort and Spa, Crowne Plaza Beirut and Staybridge Suites Beirut.

Based in Amman, Zureikat will lead the team in achieving strategic growth and revenue across all properties. He will also be responsible for bringing to life IHG’s vision and initiatives under “Journey to Tomorrow” at its eight hotels that span four brands.

David Todd, head of operations Middle East and Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “Naif’s extensive background in hospitality will make him a valuable leader for our existing properties in the Levant. We wish Naif every success in his new role and are confident that with his wide-ranging experience, he will be successful in leading a diverse team across countries, as well as elevating the guest experience at our hotel in both markets. We are witnessing very good growth and expecting this to continue for the last quarter of this year and 2023.”

Zureikat said: “I’m delighted to join the team as regional GM for Jordan and Lebanon, and look forward to collaborating with all leaders to continue the efforts for a strong recovery and to strengthen IHG presence in the area.”

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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