Ben Harper
Ben Harper
Group Managing Director
Watergate Bay Hotel

Having completed a degree in Tourism and French, Ben progressed through the sales and marketing divisions of Eurostar and British Airways before spending 6 years as Group Commercial Director at SACO The Serviced Apartment Company (now EDYN Group), who pioneered the growth of serviced apartments and aparthotels across Europe. During this period, SACO transitioned from family ownership, through a private equity cycle which culminated in a sale to Brookfield Asset Management in 2018.

Ben is now Group Managing Director at The Watergate Bay group of companies, with responsibility for delivering the vision and growth agenda across the 3 businesses:

Watergate Bay Hotel: a collection of hotel accommodation, restaurants, sports and leisure facilities on the North Cornwall coast.

Beach retreats: a self-catering holiday accommodation set for rapid growth through the development and management of beach-side Aparthotels across the UK.

Another Place: a growing collection of lifestyle hotels in iconic UK locations. Another Place, The Lake, the first hotel in the collection opened on the shores of Ullswater in 2017. The team recently acquired a second site in Hampshire which will open as Another Place, The Garden in 2023. The team are actively seeking hotel development and acquisition opportunities.

Speaking at The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC)

In Conversation with a British Hotelier