Michel Koopman has been appointed Director of Operations in the Middle East for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, as well as General Manager for Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara.

A key role for Anantara in the Middle East, Michel’s responsibilities include overseeing the running of all of Anantara’s UAE based hotels and resorts – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort and Desert Islands Resort & Spa, plus Al Yamm Lodge and Al Sahel Lodge (both set to open on Sir Bani Yas Island in 2012) alongside the General Managers of these properties who will work under his direction.

Michel will also spearhead the launch of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa which will be Anantara’s first city hotel in the Middle East and is set to open in 2012.

Michel joins Anantara Hotels & Resorts from InterContinental Hotels Group where he held the position of Regional General Manager for several of the group’s properties across China. Over a four year period, Michel was also responsible for a number of openings including the Holiday Inn Express Zhabei, Crowne Plaza Century Park and the 566-room InterContinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel.

A Dutch/Australian national, Michel’s experience in the hospitality industry spans 27 years at hotels in Europe, Australia and Asia.