International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) alumni Marcus Sutton is making waves in the Middle East hotel industry while at the helm of two leading hotels in Doha.
As General Manager of both Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park and neighbouring Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park, Sutton was recently featured on the cover of the October-December 2017 edition of Hotelier Qatar. Sutton graduated from ICMS in 2002 with a Bachelor of Business, Hospitality and Tourism.
The feature article in Hotelier Qatar highlighted the skills and expertise it takes to bridge the two different brands of the hotels, and then to deliver different brand experiences per hotel while still maintaining the brand integrity of each as separate entities.
Sutton also tells Hotelier Qatar readers how the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotel – the Business Park share an ExCom Team, with the biggest synergies happening at senior level.
The Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotel – the Business Park offer a combined total of 685 rooms, suites and apartments, 10 unique F&B (Food and Beverage) concepts and 33,000 square feet of event space. The Business Park complex is a dynamic business that is managed by a multi property leadership team.
Sutton has 20 years experience in the industry, and has worked all over the world. His International career has seen him work with and manage a diverse work force in countries such as Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, the USA, the United Kingdom, The United Arab Emirates and Jordan. During his career he has worked in business hotels, resorts, conference hotels and boutique hotels, ranging from 52 rooms up to 3 000 rooms. This exposure to some of the world’s great properties and hotel brands has stood him in good stead to tackle the challenges he currently faces at the top of two hotels in Qatar.
“It takes an enormous level of skill and experience to juggle both Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotel – the Business Park, and ICMS is proud of Marcus’ commitment to excellence that has taken him this far in the industry,” ICMS CEO and President Dr Dominic Szambowski said.
“Marcus is a fantastic example for current and former students. He has shown that his education here at ICMS, coupled with his incredible work ethic, has been the springboard to career success. We wish him all the best in Doha and continue to follow his career with interest.”