Robert De Speville Commercial Director of Beachcomber Hotels, retires after 38 years with the group

Posted in News on Thursday, April 09, 2015 by The Beachcomber News Correspondent

During his career Robert was privileged to witness and accompany the development of Mauritius’ tourism industry and its evolution as a major and reputable destination.

He played an active role in the launch of the rebranding of New Mauritius Hotels into “Beachcomber” and in the setting up of Beachcomber Tours operations, first in South Africa, then in England, France and Australia.

Among the highlights of his career were the opening of Royal palm in Mauritius in 1985 and more recently the launch of its sister hotel in Marrakech.

Throughout his career Robert was fortunate to work with tight-knit and loyal teams, and to develop strong and personal relationships with tourism professionals worldwide.

Robert, who will retire on 30 June 2015, feels honored and privileged to have contributed to the development of Beachcomber, which now owns 10 hotels and not less than 2,000 rooms, spread over 3 countries.

“After so many years of travelling and being away from home, I believe it is time for me to settle down and spend more time with my family and friends, and to look back on a rich and wonderful career.

I am handing over the reins to Francois Venin, with whom I have worked closely for 18 years, and who already has a strong knowledge of the Commercial function. I am confident that he will maintain Beachcomber’s values and philosophy and perpetuate the strong and privileged relationship that we have established with our Trade partners.”