Global hospitality group Swiss-Belhotel International has named Laurent A. Voivenel as Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India.
Swiss-Belhotel International currently manages a portfolio of more than 145 hotels, resorts and projects worldwide and is targeting the Middle East, Africa and India region as a key growth market.
Laurent will be based in the group’s regional office in Dubai. Commenting on his new role, Laurent, said, “It is an enormous privilege to join the Swiss-Belhotel International at this pivotal point when it is one of fastest growing hospitality groups. I am very excited to take up this new challenge and truly grateful to Swiss-Belhotel International for having given me this fantastic opportunity. I look forward to working closely with Mr Gavin M. Faull and other team members to capitalize on the enormous opportunities in the Middle East, Africa and India in order to build on the group’s strong presence in the region.”
Laurent has over 30 years of outstanding international hotel and asset management experience with some of the world’s leading and most prestigious hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining Swiss-Belhotel International he was the Chief Executive Officer of HMH – Hospitality Management Holding. With a Masters in Business Administration, Laurent has a proven track record in spearheading corporate mergers and acquisitions, hotel development and investment, multi-brand operations, as well as excellent management experience across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Being based in the Middle East for the last 16 years, Laurent also has a deep understanding of the region's unique business dynamics and culture that has resulted in a solid network and close ties with hotel owners, developers and investors.