|Formerly||Orient-Express Hotels Ltd|
|Roeland Vos (CEO)|
Dan Ruff (COO)
|Services||Hotels, trains, cruises, restaurants|
|Revenue||US$ 576.84 million (2018)|
Belmond Ltd. (formerly Orient-Express Hotels Ltd) is a hospitality and leisure company that operates luxury hotels, train services and river cruises worldwide. In 2015, the company had 35 deluxe hotels, 7 tourist trains, 3 river cruises and restaurants in 22 countries.
The company was founded in 1976 by the American entrepreneur James Sherwood with the acquisition of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice from the Guinness family for £900,000. James Sherwood then bought what was left of the legendary Orient Express train to restore it and offer rides from Paris and London to his hotel in Venice to wealthy clients, thus the former name of the company. Much of the history of the company is documented in James Sherwood's memoir Orient Express: A Personal Journey.
In April 2015, Belmond Limited partnered with Irish Rail to launch the luxury train Belmond Grand Hibernian in Ireland. In July 2016, Indian Hotels Company Limited sold its 5.1% stake in Belmond, retaining only 0.44% of Belmond after the sale.
In December 2018, the company agreed to be acquired by LVMH in a $3.2billion transaction which closed in April 2019, thus delisting the company from the NYSE and making it 100% privately owned. The announcement of the sale led Belmond's share to increase by 40% in a single trading day.
|Sleeper trains||London-Venice||Venice Simplon-Orient-Express|
|Scotland||Belmond Royal Scotsman|
|Ireland, Northern Ireland||Belmond Grand Hibernian|
|Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore||Eastern & Oriental Express|
|Peru||Belmond Andean Explorer[note 2]|
|Day trains||Great Britain||Belmond British Pullman|
|Peru[note 3]||Belmond Hiram Bingham|
|Sailboats||France||Belmond Afloat in France (five canal and river barges)|
|Irrawaddy River, Myanmar||Belmond Road to Mandalay|
|United States||New York City||21 Club|
|Charleston, South Carolina||Charleston Grill|
|United Kingdom||Oxfordshire||The Restaurant at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons|
|Taormina||Otto Geleng Restaurant|
|Brazil||Rio de Janeiro||Mee|
|Rio de Janeiro||Ristorante Hotel Cipriani|
Notes and references
- All Cusco and Macchu Pichhu Hotels are a 50% Joint Venture with Peruvian shareholding company Peru Hotel Macchu Picchu SA (Peru Belmond Hotels SA)
- (since May 2017) In 50% partnership with the Peruvian shareholder company Peruvian Trains and Railways SA
- Belmond has a 50% interest in PeruRail.
- Company 10-Q
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