A native of the Netherlands, Pottinga has over 25 years of experience in Senior Manager and General Manager positions working across the globe, from America, through Europe and Asia.
Starting his career at the Des Indes InterContinental The Hague, Pottinga’s travels have taken him to celebrated properties such as InterContinental New Orleans and InterContinental Edinburgh The George. Pottinga is joining the InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping from his position as General Manager at the InterContinental Budapest. Pottinga has held further General Manager positions at the Harbour Grand Kowloon in Hong Kong, Crowne Plaza Landmark Hotel & Suites Shenzhen and Crowne Plaza Bratislava.
For Pottinga, his appointment with InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping marks a nostalgic return to Thailand, the country of his childhood where he graduated from the International School Bangkok. It is also a chance to help elevate Chiang Mai’s profile as one of Asia’s leading tourist destinations following its designation as a member of UNESCO Crafts and Folk-Art Creative Cities Network in 2017. Pottinga is uniquely positioned for this role as his previous hotel, the InterContinental Budapest, also provided a window to the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site.
Travel has always been a passion for Pottinga, and he looks forward to living in another vibrant and historic city.
“As we work towards the opening in mid-2023, the team and I have immersed ourselves with excitement in the awe-inspiring task of unveiling InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping to domestic and international travelers,” said Peter Pottinga. “By blending the region’s tantalizing cuisine, the handiwork of local artisans, and northern Thai history along with the signature traits of an iconic brand like InterContinental we aim to create a guest experience that promotes cultural and artistic traditions of the Lanna people.”
InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping is located in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, and a short drive from the international airport. This is a hotel created as a “living museum,” inspired by the time-honored Lanna culture and featuring the handiwork of local artisans, while offering a contemporary escape. Here, guests will find a quiet place at Wat Chang Kong, a timeless stupa located on the grounds; enjoy the best of art, craft, and music on the lawn; and savor northern Thailand’s unique cuisine.