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Orient-Express Appoints Mark Kerwin Director Of Leisure Sales For El Encanto

Friday, October 05, 2012
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Today, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. announces the appointment of Mark Kerwin as Director of Leisure Sales, El Encanto. In this role, Kerwin will oversee transient and leisure market sales for this iconic early 20th-century hotel located in Santa Barbara’s American Riviera and scheduled to re-open in March 2013.

“Mark is a proven and highly respected professional in the luxury travel industry,” said Ali Kasikci, Regional Managing Director, North America, Caribbean and Mexico. “I’m delighted to work with Mark in the positioning and opening of El Encanto. He continues to reinvent himself, and passionately works to present an unparalleled product to his clients. He has truly become an expert in knowing what the luxury traveler is looking for and he is perfectly in tune with El Encanto’s intimate and lush setting and captivating offerings.”

Prior to joining El Encanto, Kerwin served five years as Director of Sales and Marketing for Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, driving sales and marketing initiatives at the property. Further to this, he worked in various sales roles in the luxury market segment at Hotel Bel-Air, The Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles. Kerwin graduated from Fullerton College with additional schooling from Cornell University.

For more information about El Encanto or for reservations, please visit www.elencanto.com.

About Orient-Express: Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture. The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities. Today the Orient-Express brand embraces 45 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, two river cruise operations and the ‘21’ Club, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants and watering holes. www.orient-express.com

About El Encanto: Located in Santa Barbara's American Riviera, the meticulously restored El Encanto reopens in March 2013 as part of the luxurious Orient-Express portfolio. The iconic early 20th-century property is situated atop a hillside, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Nestled amid seven acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with a historic trellised lined arbor and lily pond, El Encanto’s 92 bungalows offer a secluded retreat. Designed in quintessential California bungalow styles, El Encanto offers an authentic setting for romance and rediscovery. Following its reopening, guests will enjoy a beautifully appointed boutique spa, signature restaurant featuring California coastal cuisine and a Santa Barbara dedicated wine list, a sumptuous outdoor swimming pool, a window-lined ballroom with private terrace, three meeting rooms with panoramic ocean views, and an array of outdoor event venues. www.elencanto.com

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