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Jonathan Orr-Ewing and Bruno Brunner Appointed
General Managers with Orient-Express Hotels Ltd

London (March 16, 2004) – Orient-Express Hotels Ltd has announced the appointment of two new general managers.  Jonathan Orr-Ewing has assumed the post of general manager at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire, U.K., and Bruno Brunner has been appointed general manager of Reid’s Palace in Madeira.

Jonathan Orr-Ewing joined Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in February 2004, following the departure of Philip Newman-Hall.  He comes to Great Milton from London, where he has been general manager of the 120-room Montcalm – Hotel Nikko for the past eight years.  Prior to this he was general manager of The Goodwood Park Hotel, a 90-room hotel with golf club and course in Chichester. 

Orr-Ewing’s prior experience has given him with a unique insight and understanding of the particular skills needed to run a personalized hotel with individual style such as Le Manoir.   As general manager of the 37-room Pelham Hotel in London from March 1989 to April 1990, he was responsible for opening what was then one of London’s first new generation of small luxury hotels. 

He is an active participant in British hospitality associations and education, being deputy chairman of the London Committee of the British Hospitality Association and honorary visiting fellow of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Oxford Brooks University.

Bruno Brunner joined the management team at Reid’s Palace in Madeira in February 2004, moving from Los Angeles where he was vice president and managing director of the St Regis Hotel.  Prior to this, Brunner spent two years based in Hong Kong as vice president and general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel.  Brunner has spent the majority of his career in the hospitality industry in the United States, having been general manager of the Williamsburg Inn in Virginia, managing director of the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas and vice president, operations of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. 

Fluent in English, French and German, Brunner completed most of his education in Switzerland at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Neuchatel and the School for Hotel Management in Lausanne.

Orient-Express Hotels is a hotel and leisure company focused on the luxury end of the leisure market. The company owns and/or operates twenty-nine highly individual deluxe hotels world-wide, five tourist trains, a river cruise ship and three restaurants, all of which are located in areas of outstanding cultural, historic or recreational interest.


Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.

Also See: Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Invests in Hosia Company Ltd., Operator of 5 Unique Hotels in Southeast Asia Under the Brand Name Pansea / February 2004
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Reports $23.6 million Net Earnings for the Year 2003; RevPAR Up 9% to $183 from $168 / Hotel Operating Statistics / March 2004

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