Mumbai, Jan 24 (PTI) Hotel and leisure company Belmond announced appointment of David Grossniklaus as Senior Director of Development Middle East, Africa and India, effective December 1, 2016. Also Read - BREAKING: Air India Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Kochi Airport

Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, Grossniklaus will focus on growing Belmond’s footprint across the region with new hotel developments and conversion opportunities, the company said in a release issued here. Also Read - India Records Over 1.6 Lakh Cases in Last 24 Hours, Surpasses Brazil to Become Second Most COVID-hit Country After US

“Grossniklaus joins Belmond at an exciting time of growth, as we move forward with the strategic plan to double the footprint of the company by 2020,” Belmond Senior Vice President for Global Development Kenneth Hatton said. Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Inaugurates Rowing Centre in Srinagar

“We are keen to pursue acquisition and management opportunities across Middle East and Indian Ocean and the experience and expertise that Grossniklaus brings to the role will be valuable assets to this endeavour,” he said.

With more than 16 years of hospitality industry experience, Grossniklaus joins Belmond from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he held the position of Associate Director Acquisitions and Development for the Middle East and Africa.

Belmond is a global portfolio of luxury travel experiences including hotels, trains, cruises and safaris in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations.

The company owns and operates 47 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations.

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