Mr. Seely is responsible for acquisitions in Europe since 2014. Westmont, founded in 1975, has been active in Europe since 1996 and has acquired, owned, and operated more than 350 hotels across twelve countries. What started with a single hotel in North America, has grown to become one of the largest privately-held hospitality organisations in the world with a presence across three continents. Westmont has a diversified portfolio of budget hotels, aparthotels, mid-market business and large conference hotels, boutique hotels, resort hotels, and luxury hotels. Prior to Westmont, Mr. Seely ran his own hospitality investment advisory firm called Townhouse Capital that acted for a dozen different institutional and private investors as well as advising governments on FDI in the tourism sector. He has also held senior executive positions at Kharafi Group, the Kuwaiti conglomerate, and Stein Group, the pan-European luxury lifestyle hotel owner operator. Before the hotel industry, he worked in tech VC and investment banking with Kleinwort Benson. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, as well as a good working knowledge of Italian.
Speaking at Resort & Residential Hospitality Forum
We're All in it Together: Reviewing Stakeholder Relations
How have the relations between owners, operators, brands and lenders evolved during Covid and what lessons can be learnt to better align their interests? Are third-party operators likely to become more prominent?