InnovationZ Hospitality Group has announced the appointment of Sathia Narayanan-Kuenzle as general manager of its new five-star Iraqi villa resort property, the Korek Mountain Resort & Spa.
Located at a 1700m altitude in the loftily majestic Rawanduz region in Kurdistan, North Iraq, the 130-key resort is expected to offer an all-seasons amusement park with winter skiing, summer outdoor children's games and sports, mountain-view dining and a 3.7km teleferik (gondola) cable-car mountain ride.
The resort represents a unique addition to InnovationZ Hospitality Group's portfolio alongside its illustrious five-star sister property the Marjan Island Resort & Spa in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Both properties under the management of the Dubai-based group which specialises in resorts and boutique spa hotels are due to open in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Kuenzle, a Swiss national of Malay origin, possesses 18 years of extensive experience in international luxury hotel chains in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. A graduate with distinctions from HIM Hotel Management School Montreux, Switzerland, Kuenzle's recent posts included general manager of Harbour View Hotel, Haiphong, Vietnam and resident manager of Kempinski The Dome Golf & Spa Resort, Belek, Turkey.
He also held F&B management executive roles with Sheraton Hotels, Radisson SAS and Movenpick Hotels in Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah and Doha. Kuenzle speaks English, German and Malay. His dynamic approach, dedication and passion to achieve results and seek continuous improvement are expected to be key to success in his new opening role.