Eric Buitenhuis has been working for the hotel industry since 1987. In 1995, he took over the management of the former Novotel Frankfurt Airport as General Manager. As of 1998 he worked for Accor in North America in various metropolis as General Manager for the luxury brand Sofitel and afterwards as vice president for Novotel Canada. In 2014, he returned to Europe and worked first for NH Hotels as Regional Director of Operations Belgium, France, Luxemburg and South Africa. Since 2016, he has been responsible for the operational management of the hotel portfolio of HR Group.