Industry Update
Appointment 3 March 2016

JP Kavanagh

Appointed General Manager
At Belmond Grand Hibernian in Dublin, Ireland

JP KavanaghA graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Kavanagh began his hospitality career at The Connaught, London and has since built up 23 years’ experience in luxury hotels with the majority of his career spent operating hotels in the UK and Ireland. Kavanagh returns to his hometown of Dublin to draw on his specialist knowledge of the destination in preparation of the launch of Belmond Grand Hibernian. He joins Belmond immediately from the Doyle Collection’s Kensington Hotel in London. The son of a hotelier, Kavanagh brings a lifelong passion for hospitality and service that has been passed through the generations. Married with three children, Kavanagh is also a keen golfer and enjoys time out on the golf course with his sons. Belmond Grand Hibernian will be the first luxury rail experience of its kind in Ireland when it launches in August 2016. Departing from Dublin on two, four and six night touring itineraries, the train will traverse the sprawling countryside, dramatic coasts and fascinating cities of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Dublin Institute of Technology

JP Kavanagh (Class of 1993) is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin 1 - Ireland
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LVMH Hotel Management

French luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), announced in December 2018, the acquisition of London-based luxury hotel group Belmond. LVMH, the parent company of fashion houses including Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy as well as premium spirits, cosmetics and more, is looking to expand its empire in the hospitality business, which currently includes the Bulgari hotel brand, as well as Cheval Blanc.
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Recent Appointments at LVMH Hotel Management

Rob Roche - Director of Sales and Marketing

15 February 2019 — Rob joins the team with more than 20 years of experience across luxury hotel brands that include St. Regis, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels. Most recently while working with The Peninsula Beverly Hills, he was responsible for implementing strategic goals for the principle teams across its Reservations, Sales, Advertising, E-Commerce, Social Media and Public Relations departments.
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Colleen Huther - General Manager

15 February 2019 — Colleen joins the property with over 30 years of luxury hotel experience working for international hotel brands including Hilton, Accor, and Marriott. She joins Belmond from the Hilton Checkers in Los Angeles, CA where she was General Manager.
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Christian Boyens - Decelopment director city hotels

12 February 2019 — LVMH entered hospitality by buying Cheval Blanc in 2006 - 4 hotels and an opening in 2020 in Paris - Bulgari brand in 2011 along with the jewelry department - 6 hotels and 4 in the pipeline and Belmond end of 2018 - 46 hotels trains and boats.
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