Haitham Mattar has been recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Travel & Tourism Industry by the World Travel Awards.
The leading hospitality figurehead completed a successful stint as chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority last year.
Recently taking up a new position as a senior advisor to the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage, Matter is hoping to use his expertise to develop the sector in the kingdom.
Speaking to Amy Kitchingman for Breaking Travel News, he said: “This is very humbling for me, to take a global award at this level, recognising my efforts, and my contribution to tourism.
“I have a great deal of passion for hospitality and tourism.
“I started in this industry when I was 17-years-old and throughout my career I have always said ‘there are many things I don’t know, but the only thing I do know is hospitality and tourism’.
“This is what I have lived and breathed my whole life and to have been recognised for all the work I have done throughout the years is really rewarding and satisfying.”
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