News for the Hospitality Executive
Acqualina Decides to End Relationship with Rosewood, Will
Create Own Luxury Brand;
Florent Gateau Continues as Vice President - Managing Director
|SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla.- October 24, 2007 - Acqualina informed
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts last month of its decision to end their relationship
effective October 31st and to establish its own luxury brand. Acqualina
Management, LLC, the hotel management company that has employed the on-site
management team supervised by Rosewood since the opening last year of the
96-rooms and suites at Acqualina Ocean Residences and Resort in Sunny Isles
Beach, Florida, is to assume complete supervision of the management team.
“Acqualina has established a clear brand for itself as an ultra-luxury boutique hotel catering to the world’s most discerning guests by providing impeccable service, lavish accommodations and a friendly, engaging staff,” says Deborah Yager-Fleming, Vice President - Sales and Marketing. “The stellar reputation that Acqualina has developed as an independent hotel coupled with our desire to enhance that reputation as an independent brand by providing an even greater luxury experience for its guests through a local, more hands on and focused management approach, were key factors in our decision to assume direct supervision of the operation of our flagship resort,” added Jules Trump, Chairman of Acqualina Management. Mr. Trump further noted that “ownership plans to explore other opportunities which may become available to expand the reach of the Acqualina brand.”
Veteran hotelier, Florent Gateau will continue in his role as Vice President
- Managing Director of the Acqualina Resort, overseeing all aspects of
the resort and condominium operations at Acqualina while managing a team
of professionals dedicated to ensuring an unparalleled guest experience
and to taking customer care to an even higher level. Deborah Yager-Fleming,
Vice President - Sales and Marketing, will continue to manage travel partner
relations, advertising, public relations and marketing strategies. While
retaining its very talented on-site top management group, ownership together
with management will focus on continuing to build an even stronger team
Acqualina Resort's 51-story Mediterranean-inspired
tower features a 97-room ultra-luxury resort
Acqualina also intends to build significantly on its membership in The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., the prestigious hospitality organization representing the world’s finest hotels and resorts. With more than 440 members in 80 countries, The Leading Hotels of the World offers the largest collection of luxury hotels, resorts and spas – from grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, and from luxury tent enclaves to expansive self-contained resorts and private island retreats.
“Acqualina plans to leverage its membership in The Leading Hotels of the World by utilizing the organization’s advanced infrastructure to significantly enhance its position on a global scale, strengthening its brand awareness among sophisticated consumers and travel professionals,” said Ms. Yager-Fleming.
Since opening in May 2006, Acqualina Resort has received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Elite Traveler among many other top publications.
Acqualina Management, LLC is a member of the Trump Group headed by brothers Jules and Eddie Trump. The Trump Group has been a major force in transforming the luxury real estate market in South Florida for many years and is a large developer in Southern California.
|Also See:||Florent Gateau Appointed Managing Director of Acqualina, A Rosewood Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida / September 2006|
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