HV Hospitality, the Malta-based hotel investments firm, has appointed seasoned executive Petra Deuter as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Deuter, who has relocated to Malta to assume the role, will lead the establishment and growth of an international focused luxury hotel brand, identify opportunities to grow a commercially sustainable portfolio of assets in appropriate markets, and appoint and lead a team of hospitality professionals. Ms Deuter will also oversee the delivery of HV Hospitality’s first project – the redevelopment of the new hotel and villas on the island of Comino, off Malta.

HV Hospitality’s new Chief Executive Officer has more than 20 years’ strategic management experience in travel and hospitality and is a hybrid professional, a tri-lingual communicator and a cross-cultural leader. She has previously worked across Europe and the Americas in executive positions with Lufthansa Airlines, Accor Hotels and London & Regional properties / L+R Hotels, among others. Ms Deuter has broad commercial, operational and luxury hotel asset-management proficiency and the ability to combine entrepreneurial vision with successful team leadership and advanced thinking.

Established in 2019, HV Hospitality is a dedicated and responsible investment firm, focused on identifying and developing boutique hotels, retreats and sanctuaries in Europe which are destined for landmark status, with particular interest in the Mediterranean. Its vision is to own and manage a collection of properties in stunning locations for discerning travellers who crave more meaningful, purposeful and sustainable luxury experiences from their journeys. The firm is committed to safeguard the integrity of the world’s natural surroundings, local culture, heritage and history. Building on this vision, the growing team at HV Hospitality has set out to develop a luxury hotel and resorts brand.

“For years, my professional desire has been to build and grow ‘my own’ conscious luxury boutique hotel and resorts brand, utilising my vast commercial and operational travel and hospitality knowledge,” Ms Deuter said. “Having experienced the pandemic, the effect it has had on me personally as well as on our beloved hospitality industry, my vision has only been cemented in wanting to bring together outstanding professionals, stunning locations, art, culture and local communities with a new responsible luxury travel offering, creating awe-inspiring new guest experiences.

“I accepted this opportunity to fulfil my professional dream. It is a culmination of everything I have done so far in my career. On a personal level, I’m thrilled to embark on another exotic adventure, Malta being a location which addresses many of my personal interests in art, culture, languages and, of course, the incomparable Mediterranean lifestyle at the sea.”

Ms Deuter is particularly excited to lead the Comino project: “I am very inspired by this development. It will bring a totally new sustainable luxury travel experience to the Mediterranean and allows HV Hospitality to create and implement a conscious approach to natural surroundings, involving local people and the community. Being part of such an impressive, responsible development project, one which is setting new standards in sustainable integrated luxury resorts in the Mediterranean, gives me immense personal satisfaction.”

Victor Tedesco, Chairman of HV Hospitality said: “We are delighted to welcome Petra Deuter to HV Hospitality. She shares our company’s commitment to the dynamic growth and service excellence that will underpin our hotel brand’s international repute. Her vast experience in travel and hospitality and her acute understanding of the evolving desires and expectations of discerning luxury travellers will be invaluable to the success of our growth trajectory.”

About HV Hospitality

HV Hospitality is a subsidiary of Hili Ventures, the Maltese-owned group engaged in multi-sited operations in partnership with McDonald’s and Apple, logistics, marine & engineering, technology, property, oil & gas, hospitality and leasing. Present in 10 countries from the Mediterranean to Central and Eastern Europe, Hili Ventures has a staff complement exceeding 9,500 people. It is a proud partner of CMA CGM, IBM, Konecranes, Lenovo, Microsoft, NCR, Diebold Nixdorf, and many other global brands.

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