James Devitt is Managing Director and founder of Herald Hotels. He has worked in the hospitality sector since 1982 with chartered surveyors William Hillary, Humberts Leisure and Druce Hotels, brewers Greene King PLC and accountants PKF Hotels where he was Director of Hotel Property Services. Prior to forming Herald he was Executive Director at CBRE Hotels responsible for all hotel valuation, consultancy and professional services across EMEA.
Past highlights include worldwide valuation assignments such as The Savoy Group, Orient Express EMEA and the Dorchester Group. Large hotel portfolios include, in the UK, the Marriott portfolio, and in Europe, the MSREF Intercon portfolio and Moor Park Accor portfolio. In London James has been involved with various developments and redevelopments including The Connaught, The Savoy and The Marriott Edition. Acquisitions and agency transactions of note have included Fairmont Monte Carlo, CIT Thistle, and Principal Hayley. James has also, over the years, analysed many of the UK’s leading golf resorts including all those operated by Marriott and De Vere, and The Belfry. In the budget hotel sector he’s advised on portfolios of Holiday Inn Express, Travelodge, Jury’s Inn, and Premier Inn assets and a wide range of leading boutique and country house hotels.