Industry Update
Appointment18 March 2019

Menno De Boer

Appointed Chief Operating Officer
At Cristal Group in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Menno De Boer

The Cristal Group has announced the appointment of Menno De Boer as Chief Operating Officer. A seasoned hotelier with 30 years of experience across the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Menno's experience spans across all aspects of the hospitality industry - from openings to revamping and consulting. Menno was recently cluster General Manager at the five star Bayat Hotel by Cristal and Bayat Suites by Cristal in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; prior to that he was Hotel Director for the NH Collection Barbizon Palace Amsterdam, and Area General Manager in Bavaria Regent Hotel Hailar China.

After obtaining his degree at the Hague Hotel Management School in the Netherlands in Hotel Administration, Menno continued to pursue advance trainings and workshops with Hilton International, Oberoi Hotels and Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Menno will oversee the group's operations spanning eleven properties operating and under development.

Hotelschool The Hague

Menno De Boer (Class of 1989) is a graduate of Hotelschool The Hague in The Hague - Netherlands, The
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Cristal Group

Cristal Group was established in the UAE in 2007 to deliver world class hospitality consultancy, technical services, asset management and brand management. Its vision is to be the premier business and leisure hotel operator in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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Roland Debs - General Manager

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12 October 2015 — John Taylor has been appointed as the new executive chef at Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi. In his new role, John Taylor will run and oversee the hotel's food and beverage outlets as well as Park Station, with desire to introduce creative fusions of various cuisines to food enthusiasts of Abu Dhabi.
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