08 Jul 2010 [11:01h]     Bookmark and Share



Multi-brand hotel operator CHI Hotels & Resorts (CHI) announces the appointment of seasoned hotelier Marco P. Nijhof as its Chief Operating Officer.

Malta – CHI is the exclusive operator of the luxury Corinthia brand as well as the Wyndham and
Ramada Plaza Brands in Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EMEA). Marco will be
directing the company’s strategic operational objectives to maximize product quality, guest
satisfaction and profitability.

Marco Nijhof joins CHI following an illustrious international career. His last appointment
was that of senior vice president of the Kuwaiti Commercial Real Estate Center Company,
with responsibility for the operation, development and management of their five-star luxury
hotel investments. Prior to that, Marco was the Dubai-based senior vice president Middle
East, Africa and South Asia for Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts. Prior to Jumeirah, Marco was
based in Paris as the director of operations and of development for Serena Hotels, owned
and operated by the secretariat of his highness the Aga Khan. Between 2001 and 2003 he
was the chief operating officer and a main board director of the Boscolo Group & Boscolo
International, responsible for the Group’s hotel business.

Welcoming Marco’s appointment CHI’s CEO & MD Tony Potter said “Marco Nijhof joins
CHI at an extremely exciting time, when we are actively expanding our hotel operations
across all our brands both in our traditional European markets as also in key emerging
destinations, especially in Africa and the Middle East. With his extraordinary senior
executive experience and his extensive international luxury hospitality knowledge and
talent, Marco will be influential in supporting our rapid growth, while at the same time
overseeing and improving our current operational base. He is certainly a great asset to the

“CHI Hotels and Resorts was a natural move for me” commented Marco. “Importantly, apart
from its wonderful properties worldwide, the company puts great focus on its team members
and on superior product quality throughout, which are both very close to my heart. I am truly
excited by the prospect of working as both coach and team-player in helping to grow CHI

Marco, a Dutch national, obtained certificates in Strategic Negotiations and in High
Performance Financial Management from Harvard University and Cornell University
respectively. Besides his native language, he also speaks English, French, German, Italian
and Greek. He is based at CHI’s headquarters in Floriana, Malta.

About CHI Hotels & Resorts (CHI)

Based in Malta, CHI Hotels & Resorts is a hotel management company that provides the full range of technical
assistance and management services to hotel owners worldwide. CHI is the exclusive operator of the luxury
Corinthia Hotels brand as well as the Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands in Europe, Africa and The Middle
East. CHI draws on a heritage of over 48 years in delivering high quality services to hotel guests and an
optimum rate of return to owners and investors in diverse business environments. CHI’s experience extends to
management of luxury and upscale properties in city and resort locations and products ranging from boutique
to conference and Spa hotels. CHI is owned by International Hotel Investments plc (70%) and the Wyndham
Hotel Group (30%).

About Corinthia Hotels

Corinthia Hotels is an internationally acclaimed Brand of luxury hotels in the Czech Republic, Hungary,
Libya, Malta, Portugal and Russia. Founded by the Pisani family of Malta in the 1960s, the Corinthia brand
stands in that proud tradition of Mediterranean hospitality and its signature services communicate the ‘Warm
smiles, Inspired Flavors and Pleasant Surprises’ of its Maltese heritage. All Corinthia hotels feature state-of-
the art conference areas, extensive leisure and business traveler facilities, and are each renowned for their
uniqueness of character. Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes the award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest in
Hungary, the Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic, the Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg in Russia and
the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta. The portfolio also features the splendid Corinthia Hotel St George’s
Bay in Malta, the superior five-star Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya and the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in
Portugal. The latest addition to the Corinthia Hotels portfolio is the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London –
due to open in early 2011.