Swede takes charge at Muscat hotel


Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts has appointed Swede Torbjorn Bodin as general manager of Radisson SAS Hotel, Muscat, replacing Marko Hytonen, who moves to spearhead the chain's South African operations.

Bodin, 50, has extensive hospitality industry experience stemming from various management positions in Radisson SAS and other industry sectors.

He arrived in the Middle East from Estonia where he was in charge of the opening of the Radisson SAS Hotel, Tallinn.

Bodin joined Radisson SAS Hotel & Resorts in 1994 as general manager of the Radisson SAS Royal Viking Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. He has also served as city general manager of the hotel chain's Stockholm operations.

He launched his hospitality industry career in 1972 in several Swedish restaurants and hotels. His experience includes a spell with Scandinavian Service Partner Airport Restaurants in Gothenburg, where he was general manager at the Landvetter Airport.

"We feel confident that Torbjorn's vast industry experience and brand commitment will help maintain our Muscat property's success, which was established following three sterling years under Marko who will now drive Radisson SAS' growing South African operations," said Werner Kuendig, senior vice president, Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, Middle East.

The group operates eight properties in the Middle and Near East.