Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced Rachael Finch, certified health coach, television presenter and model, as the brand’s Well-Being Brand Advocate.In her new role, Rachael will curate and host a Westin Wellness Escape for guests at The Westin Melbourne in April 2016, marking the next phase of the Westin Well-being Movement; a brand-wide campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests around the world.“I am thrilled to join the distinguished panel of Westin Well-Being Brand Advocates for Asia Pacific; and look forward to sharing my passion for fitness and nutrition with Westin guests,” Ms Finch said.“Wellness is far more than just looking good physically, it’s about feeling good. To achieve this, like Westin, I believe you have to make health and well-being an integral part of everyday life, even when you’re on the road.”A certified health coach, Rachael is a highly regarded Australian personality, sharing many synergies with the Westin brand.Her modelling career has seen her travel the world, and her talent as a television host has led to appearances on popular shows – including an experience where it sparked her passion for dance as a means for keeping fit and healthy.Known for promoting a wholesome and holistic lifestyle, Rachael’s success is derived from her belief that good nutrition and an active and varied work out regime are the key foundations to fostering long-term health and well-being.For more information on how Rachael maintains her health and well-being, watch this short video.As a Westin Well-Being Brand Advocate, Rachael joins Westin Well-being experts across the globe, including other brand advocates in Asia Pacific such as Waka Nozawa, renowned fashion model and yogi from Japan; alongside soon to-be-introduced Television Personality and Wellness Expert Jojo Struys.“The Westin Wellness Escapes series is designed for those seeking to achieve or sustain a healthy lifestyle while still exploring the world, something Rachael is very experienced in,” said Vincent Ong, Senior Director, Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific.“Rachael’s partnership with the Westin brand and her expertise in health and nutrition will further underscore the brand’s well-being positioning,”Westin embarked on the next phase of its Westin Well-being Movement with the introduction of Westin Wellness Escapes in early 2015, an ongoing well-being series led by experts in the fields of mindfulness meditation, nutrition, yoga, running and more.With Rachael on board, Australia will play host to a Westin Wellness Escape on 16-17 April 2016 at The Westin Melbourne; helping attendees pursue their well-being through interactive workshops and ballroom dance classes. Westin Wellness EscapeSource = Westin Hotels & Resorts
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Belmond has the appointed Philippe Cassis to the roles of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.Cassis most recently served as chief executive at Sun Resorts, where he oversaw the successful growth of the company’s portfolio of luxury destination resorts.“We are delighted to welcome Philippe, an experienced business leader with strong organisational, strategic and business development skills,” said John Scott, president and chief executive and Belmond.“Philippe has a proven 30-year track record in the luxury travel industry.“He will add deep operational strength to our senior management team and will be invaluable to our near-term business execution and future growth.”Prior to his role at Sun Resorts, Cassis spent 28 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he held various executive positions including senior vice president, operations South America and global initiatives Latin America, a position in which he managed a portfolio of 37 properties across Columbia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.Cassis joins Belmond as it prepares for the launch of Belmond Grand Hibernian, the new sister to Belmond Royal Scotsman and the first luxury touring train in Ireland, and the opening of Belmond’s first London property, Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Knightsbridge, following its complete restoration.