MPV Press release

Marina Port Vell—Press Release 24 February 2014

Marcel Brekelmans Joins Marina Port Vell as Managing Director

24 February 2014, Barcelona, Spain: Marina Port Vell (MPV), Barcelona—set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean—is pleased to announce that Marcel Brekelmans will join MPV as Managing Director effective 10th March 2014. A Dutchman, Brekelmans has spent many years as an accomplished Project and Managing Director in the demanding business of hotel administration, with considerable experience in branding, opening and pre-opening of properties and repositioning notable hotels on three different continents: Europe, the Middle East and Caribbean. His diverse background and ability to communicate in five languages—Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish—make Marcel the perfect candidate to manage the intricacies of Marina Port Vell.

“To say we are lucky to have Marcel join us as the new Marina Port Vell comes fully on-line is a great understatement,” says Uri Nachoom, Vice Chairman of Salamanca Group. “The extent of Marcel’s direct experience managing some of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands makes him ideally suited to provide leadership, to develop operating budgets, to set standards for the highest level of customer relations, and, perhaps most importantly, to bring the marina and our yachting guests an unparalleled level of sophistication, ” he continues.

Most recently, Brekelmans worked with HIM4Hotels/Hospitality Interim Management on projects including Roca Golf Hotel, Tinapa Hotel & Free Zone, and Hotel Rwanda, now all exquisite properties following his deft repositioning efforts. As with other ventures—Ancient Hospitality Group, Kempinski N’djamena, Le Meridien Abuja— Brekelmans excelled at providing constancy, developing and adhering to operational and finance parameters, and to bringing an entrepreneurial acumen for creative marketing.

As Marina Port Vell’s Managing Director, Marcel Brekelmans will further position the brand as a leader in 5-Star services for yachtsmen, their families and guests. He will also provide strategic planning and execution of all aspects of operations on a day-to-day basis.


About Marina Port Vell

Marina Port Vell, Barcelona, already a popular yachting destination, is undergoing a transformation. In consultation with captains, owners and the wider superyacht community, this prime superyacht destination will cater to yachts up to 120m. The marina remains functional as work continues with spectacular results projected throughout 2014: the unveiling of a superb, new superyacht marina with world class services in the heart of a world class city.


Marina Port Vell • C/Escar n.26 • Barcelona 08039 • Spain T 34 93 484 23 00 • F 34 93 484 23 33 •

Renew the Review

Just on CNN

It seems to be only a matter of time that online Hotel & Restaurant reviews can only be done when in the possession of a proof of stay ( reservation number or equal too). Obviously business owners and their friends / families members can still review their own properties but it will keep various other polluters off like; competition, ex employees or others that hold a grudge.

My 5 cents worth; TripAdvisor jump on the wagon as current review leader and do what is needed in order to have a more transparant system in place.

Lion & Gazelle

“ Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

Xmas wishes

Marcel and HIM4Hotels wish you the best for the end of this year and an even better beginning of the next.
Hopefully we will be able to pick the fruits from last years labour and hopefully new and exiting challenges come our way.

Merry Xmas