Belmond is expanding and secures new leadership

After the recent sale of one of its flagship hotels, The RITZ Madrid, Belmond is reportedly looking to sell more of its less profitable assets, most of them concentrated in Italy, thus remap its strategic hospitality business in top destinations around the world. The company is reportedly transitioning from its current business model (owner & operator) to operator / management company.

Belmond has recently appointed Philippe Cassis to the roles of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Cassis most recently served as chief executive at Sun Resorts, where he oversaw the successful growth of the company’s portfolio of luxury destination resorts.

Belmond also tapped Maria Kuhn, as Corporate Communications Director. Maria Kuhn previously held executive global communications positions at group level, at Kempinski, Shangri-La and Four Seasons.

Belmond is due to launch of Belmond Grand Hibernian, the new sister to Belmond Royal Scotsman and the first luxury touring train in Ireland, as well as the opening of Belmond’s first London property, Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Knightsbridge, following its complete restoration. Belmond Cadogan Hotel will be managed by Belmond.

Belmond Cadogan Hotel London, opening 2016