Industry Update
Appointment15 February 2019

Colleen Huther

Appointed General Manager
At Santa Barbara Resort, Belmond El Encanto. - CA, USA

Colleen Huther

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. Prior to that, she was General Manager of the Hilton Santa Clara Hotel, CA.

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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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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Eric Boonstoppel - Head of Operations

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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