The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa proudly announces that Ilkin Imanov, General Manager, has been appointed Chair of Marriott Business Council Qatar. This prestigious appointment reflects his extensive experience and commitment to excellence in the hospitality industry.

Ilkin Imanov boasts over two decades of distinguished experience in hospitality and operations with world-renowned brands. Prior to his tenure at The Westin Doha, Ilkin was the General Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg. He also worked at JW Marriott, Marriott and Renaissance of Marriott Brands in different countries.  Besides of that at Marriott he was Rooms Operations Advisory Board member at Eastern Europe.

He also served in a significant corporate capacity for one of international hotel chain Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, as the Regional Director of Operations for South & Eastern Europe, managing 62 hotels across 15 countries, and for Central & Eastern Europe, overseeing 43 hotels in 13 countries.

Ilkin’s comprehensive background covers various aspects of hotel management, including Operations, Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management, New Hotel Openings, and Owner Relations. He holds an MBA in Hospitality Management from Euclea Business School / Imperial State University in France and Azerbaijan State Languages University. His remarkable contributions to the industry have garnered him several awards, including the Highly Successful GM of Qatar at the GM International Award 2023 and the Excellence in Delivering Guest Experience from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in 2015.

The Marriott Business Council comprises General Managers and associates from across all brands and business functions in specific markets or regions globally. These councils address common challenges collectively for a stronger impact—whether supporting the community throughout the year or after a disaster, hosting events, lobbying on issues affecting the hotel business, saving costs, generating revenue, or engaging associates in important causes.

Business Councils perpetuate Marriott’s culture, strengthen communities, advocate for Marriott’s business interests, and lead cross-brand, market-driven initiatives. These groups hold quarterly meetings and engage in various events and activities throughout the year.

His leadership at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa has been instrumental in achieving outstanding guest satisfaction and operational excellence. “I am deeply honored to take on this new venture as Chair of the Marriott Business Council,” said Ilkin Imanov. “I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Marriott community and look forward to working together with my colleagues to drive positive impact and foster excellence in our industry.”


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