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Europe, Middle East and Africa

Jose Ventura – Executive Director of Business Development for the Middle East, Africa and Europe

Jose joined StayWell in 2004. In his role Jose spearheads the development in the company’s newest emerging markets of the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily responsible for driving management contracts, joint ventures and rental agreements.

Over the next five years, Jose’s key objective is to have StayWell represented in all key business and leisure destinations within the three regions and has forecast growth within that time to include up to 30 new properties.

Jose joins an established full-service team who are charged with driving growth in the region across development, finance, sales and marketing.

Having spent more than a decade shaping the success of leading hospitality and real estate companies including Pam Golding Property Group, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Marriott, Jose’s vast experience has more than equipped him in working to drive the robust growth and development of the group.

Jose previously held the role of Vice President Business Development (Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa) for the Preferred Hotel Group, which includes more than 650 independent hotels and resorts in more than 85 countries.

A global citizen in its truest form, Jose has lived and worked in major cities across the globe including Cape Town, Dubai, London, Marbella, Doha, The Hague and Paris.

Carl Haller – Development Manager – Africa 

Carl has more than 18 years’ experience in the hotel industry and has specialised in the development of 3, 4 and 5 star properties including golf estates. Carl is qualified in the field of sales and marketing and has created many different package deals. The last 11 years have been spent developing the River Hotels brand for the River Group in South Africa.

Carl has made critical operation decisions relating to property management systems, database management integration, has introduced a loyalty program and has communicated with his membership through an incentive program. He has established an affiliate membership of products that are brand loyal, enabling cross marketing, growth opportunities via an extensive database and innovative marketing strategies. Since June 2014 Carl has been appointed Development Manager Africa for the StayWell.