Having served as general manager of Brown’s for 11 years, Stuart Johnson has spent the last two on a globetrotting secondment, largely developing the upcoming Westbund Hotel in Shanghai ahead of its opening next summer. Now, returning to his first love, he tells Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about his plans for this historic property
Rocco Forte Hotels is taking over the operations of Masseria Torre Maizza, an existing five-star resort located in Puglia, Italy. The hotel will reopen as a Rocco Forte hotel in May 2019 following a significant refurbishment of its facilities.
Rocco Forte Hotels has announced the return of hotelier Stuart Johnson to Brown’s Hotel as managing director. He will take up the role on September 3rd.
Hotel de Russie, the Rocco Forte Hotel in Rome, has revealed the completion of renovation work in the hotel’s 172 square metre presidential suite, the Nijinsky Suite.
Verdura Resort, the Rocco Forte Hotel in Sicily, has just unveiled its three new luxurious villas. The new villas are designed by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels director of building and design, and offer a stylish and elegant aesthetic, perfect for family and group stays at the Sicilian resort.
Marco Novella has been appointed the position of managing director of Brown’s Hotel, the renowned London property for Rocco Forte Hotels. While being based primarily at Brown’s Hotel, Novella will also oversee two other hotels within the group; The Balmoral in Edinburgh and Hotel Amigo in Brussels.
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.