Subject: Friend, season's greetings to all readers, LVMH buys Belmond, Nathan Outlaw to open Goring restaurant and more

Newsletter December 22: Season's greetings
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Belmond is acquired by LVMH in $3.2 billion deal
France: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has entered an agreement to acquire Belmond for $25 per Class A share in cash. Read more....

Nathan Outlaw to open restaurant at The Goring

UK: The Goring in London’s Belgravia is building a seafood restaurant that is set to launch in late spring 2019.

St. Charles Coach House Hotel joins the Ascend Hotel Collection

Brookfield to enter Indian market with Leela Hotels deal

India: Brookfield Asset Management is in the final stages of buying at least four of luxury hotels from Hotel Leelaventure.

BLESS Hotel Ibiza to open in 2019

Spain: BLESS Collection Hotels has announced the launch of BLESS Hotel Ibiza, the second property from the new luxury brand.

Season's greetings

• The sale of Belmond to luxury goods conglomerate LVMH marks the start of a new chapter for the hotel group, which last made the headlines for its, in my opinion, ill-advised change of name from Orient-Express Hotels in 2014.

Ditching an iconic brand name which is known far and wide, indeed way beyond its own industry, for a new and unknown company name, and spending $15 million in the process struck many industry observers, myself included, as an odd move.

In its defence, Belmond has a string of hotels which are iconic brands in their own right - Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, Hotel Cipriani in Venice, and Reid's Palace in Madeira, to name a few.

And now these properties join Bvlgari Hotels and Cheval Blanc in the hospitality division of the Paris-based luxury goods giant. I hope they continue to set the benchmark for luxury hospitality.

This is the last BHN newsletter of 2018. I’d like to wish all our readers a wonderful festive period and a happy new year. We’ll be back with our next newsletter on January 7 2019.

George Sell, editor, Boutique Hotel News
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