Global hospitality group Swiss-Belhotel International has named Laurent Voivenel as senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India.
This strategic announcement comes in time for Arabian Travel Market 2017 where Swiss-Belhotel International will have a strong presence.
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.
Making the announcement, Gavin Faull, chairman, Swiss-Belhotel International, stated: “With an outstanding portfolio of globally-recognised brands, we are aggressively expanding our footprint across the world, and the Middle East, Africa and India region is ‘big’ on our development plans.
“To support this massive growth it is crucial to have strong leadership.
“We are delighted to welcome Laurent Voivenel on board who will spearhead our operations and development in the Middle East, Africa and India.
“We are confident with his impressive track record, vast experience and extensive local network, he will be instrumental in strengthening and accelerating our expansion 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 of HMH - Hospitality Management Holding.
Being based in the Middle East for the last 16 years, Voivenel 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.
Laurent will be based in the group’s regional office in Dubai.
Commenting on his new role, Voivenel said: “It is an enormous privilege to join 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.”