ASMALLWORLD AG names Dario Bertucci Managing Director of ASW Hospitality AG


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08-March-2019 / 07:00 CET/CEST
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ASMALLWORLD AG (SWX:ASWN) names Dario Bertucci Managing Director of ASW Hospitality AG

Zurich, 08.03.2019 - ASMALLWORLD AG announces the hiring of Dario Bertucci as Managing Director of the newly created ASW Hospitality AG. In his role, Dario will oversee the management of the iconic North Island Resort in the Seychelles and the future development of the ASMALLWORLD Hotel Collection. The Group subsidiary is expected to contribute positively to the Group's bottom-line in 2019.

Dario Bertucci has been appointed as Managing Director of ASW Hospitality AG, a newly created subsidiary of ASMALLWORLD AG. In his role, Dario will be responsible for the development of a portfolio of inspiring hotels under the ASMALLWORLD Hotel Collection. His immediate attention will go to the management of the iconic North Island resort in the Seychelles ( Announced on February 21st, ASMALLWORLD has taken over the management of this resort which is the first hotel to join the newly created ASMALLWORLD Hotel Collection.

ASW Hospitality AG will oversee the management of the day-to-day operations of the hotel going forward and will be responsible for its success. Through a franchise agreement, North Island will also become part of Marriott International's Luxury Collection brand portfolio in December 2019, and will operate as 'North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort'. This agreement will leverage Marriott International's strong marketing network and its large customer base around the globe while complementing the hotel's own marketing and sales efforts. Dario will oversee all of the mentioned activities as part of his new role at ASMALLWORLD Hospitality.

"I am extremely happy that Dario is taking over the responsibility to head ASMALLWORLD Hospitality. With his strong industry expertise, he will help us to develop our footprint in the luxury hotel segment and grow our portfolio of ASMALLWORLD-managed hotels," comments ASMALLWORLD CEO Jan Luescher.

Dario Bertucci, a seasoned hospitality expert

Prior to his new role at ASMALLWORLD, Dario was Managing Partner of Swiss Hospitality & Partners, a strategic consultancy firm for the hospitality industry and a company which he founded jointly with Alexander and Michael Manz in 2010. Among other projects, Dario was responsible for the refurbishment of the Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix in Geneva and supported the luxury division of Accor Hotels with the project management of multiple property conversions.

Dario has an MBA degree from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy and is fluent in English, Italian and French. In his free time, Dario enjoys skiing, long distance running and cooking. He is married and father of one daughter.

"We are keen to build a high-quality hospitality experience for the ASMALLWORLD Group. The business model we've chosen, will positively contribute to the Group's bottom-line from day one and is at the same time scalable to offer future growth." says ASMALLWORLD Hospitality Managing Director Dario Bertucci.

The ASMALLWORLD Hotel Collection

The ASMALLWORLD Hotel Collection has the ambition to inspire the ASMALLWORLD community to travel to the world's most iconic destinations and experience the highest hospitality standards. The exceptional North Island will be the first hotel in this new collection, and the first hotel under ASMALLWORLD management. Over time, ASMALLWORLD aims to further expand the collection by adding similarly extraordinary hotel properties to its management portfolio. The ASMALLWORLD Hotel Collection allows ASMALLWORD to further expand its service offering and will leverage its global community of travel-savvy members.


North Island, one of the world's most iconic resorts

Located amongst the inner granitic islands of Seychelles, North Island is owned by the North Island Company Limited and is anticipated to join The Luxury Collection brand portfolio of world-renowned hotels and resorts in December 2019. North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort is located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Mahe Island, the main and largest island of Seychelles.

Since its opening in 1997, North Island has been a recognized sustainable tourism destination. North Island boasts fertile land and has been referred to as the 'laboratories of evolution' due to its rich biodiversity and natural, stunning aesthetics. The tropical retreat is set in 210 hectares of lush vegetation and is home to coconut palms and takamaka trees, all surrounded by pristine beaches and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. In 2006, the island implemented a conservation and island rehabilitation program to protect endangered and endemic species on the island and to preserve its diverse ecosystem.

North Island features eleven private guest villas, offering each guest an unparalleled sense of exclusivity and luxury. Rates start around USD 8,000 per night.

About the Luxury Collection(R) Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection(R), part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA(R) brand as a collection of Europe's most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information and new openings, visit or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott's travel program replacing Marriott Rewards(R), The Ritz- Carlton Rewards(R), and Starwood Preferred Guest(R) (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enrol for free or for more information about the program, visit

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Jan Luescher, CEO
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ASMALLWORLD - share the good life

ASMALLWORLD, the world's leading lifestyle community, is a private social network that connects people with a shared passion for the good life.

Each year, ASMALLWORLD organizes more than 1000 events around the world, where members can expand their private and professional networks. The ASMALLWORLD website and mobile apps offer members the opportunity to engage in discussions, obtain travel advice from the Travel Guides or other members, and meet other members whilst travelling the world. Members also enjoy exclusive privileges from international partners such as status upgrades, discounts and additional services.

Besides the global ASMALLWORLD community, Zurich-based ASMALLWORLD AG operates First Class & More, a subscription-based luxury travel community, ASW Travel AG, which provides bespoke travel arrangements for its customers, LuxuryBARED, a luxury hotel booking platform offering exclusive benefits in a curated collection of the world's best properties, as well as The World's Finest Clubs AG, which offers its members access to the most exclusive nightlife venues around the world.

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