Rocco Forte Hotels has welcomed the long awaited Assila Hotel to the developing Saudi hospitality market of Jeddah. Prominently placed at the centre of Jeddah’s most fashionable business and shopping district, Assila Hotel is the ideal destination for business visitors and leisure guests who wish to enjoy the European warmth, charm and outstanding level of bespoke service of Rocco Forte Hotels, enhanced by traditional Arabian hospitality.
A second Rocco Forte hotel will open in Rome in 2018, following the ongoing success of the existing Rocco Forte hotel in the city, Hotel de Russie. Rocco Forte Hotels, which is 23 per cent owned by the Gruppo Cassa Depositi e Prestiti through CDP Equity, will work with the real estate division of Reale Group to renovate and upgrade the Hotel De La Ville.
Rocco Forte Hotels has developed the new ‘Map My Future’ app as part of a competition set up by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, inviting hospitality and retail companies to present ideas for company projects and to apply for funding. The funding was awarded to the projects that best demonstrated how their idea would benefit employees by supporting career progression and addressing skills gaps.
Richard Cooke has been appointed the position of general manager of The Balmoral, the Rocco Forte Hotel situated in the heart of Edinburgh. Cooke brings 23 years of experience in hospitality management across a variety of five-star properties in Canada, USA, South East Asia and China.
Rocco Forte Hotels has appointed Maurizio Saccani as global director of operations. In his new role, Saccani will be responsible for operations, sales, marketing and human resources. He will be a member of Rocco Forte Hotels’ executive committee and will report to Karim Naffah, managing director.
Rocco Forte Hotels has launched a new brand wide spa proposition, Rocco Forte Spas. The new offering is born from the desire to find wellbeing in all the environments that surround us, not only creating an unforgettable experience during a stay at Rocco Forte properties, but also creating new habits that can be continued at home.
Rocco Forte, chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels has attended a signing ceremony in Shanghai, announcing that a Rocco Forte hotel will open in Shanghai in 2018, constituting the group’s first move into the Asia Pacific market. Rocco Forte Hotels will partner with Longhua International to be part of the Longhua International Aviation Service Centre, a new urban complex in Shanghai’s Xuhui Riverside area known as West Bund.
Rocco Forte Hotels, the family of ten hotels across Europe, has announced a newly developed offering for meetings, conferences, events, and incentives - Rocco Forte Events. Creating a consistent offering across the hotels, the group is launching Silver, Gold and Platinum packages. Each of these will be personalised and tailored to clients’ individual requirements with tiered benefits for meeting planners, as well as unique offerings for delegates throughout their stay.
Rosie O’Brien has been appointed the role of group communications director of Rocco Forte Hotels, taking over the position from long standing board member Richard Power. O’Brien joined Rocco Forte Hotels 12 months ago as group public relations manager.
Peter Kienast has been appointed the position of general manager of Hotel de Rome, the Rocco Forte hotel located on the illustrious Bebelplatz in Berlin. Overseeing all aspects of the Berlin award winning hotel, Kienast will be responsible for day to day operations and strategic direction of the hotel, including the 145 rooms and suites, the newly launched La Banca restaurant and bar, the historic ballroom, the seasonal roof terrace as well as the Hotel de Rome Spa and meeting and conferencing offerings.
Rocco Forte Hotels has announced a strategic partnership with Fondo Strategico Italiano Spa, the Italian State-backed sovereign fund 80 per cent controlled by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and 20 per cent by Bank of Italy. It has a paid-up share capital of €4.4 billion. FSI will inject £60 million into Rocco Forte and Family in exchange for an equity stake of 23 per cent, valuing the enlarged equity at £260 million.
Rocco Forte Hotels has announced the appointment of Gerold Held as general manager for Hotel Astoria in St Petersburg. Held takes over from Walter Neumann, who after a successful three years at the hotel will move to Moscow to assume his new role as chief executive of Azimut Hotels.