GOCO Hospitality joins Horwath HTL

By On 11th September 2013

Bangkok, September 11th 2013

GOCO Hospitality, a leading wellness hospitality consulting and management company has joined Horwath HTL, the world’s largest and most experienced hospitality-consulting brand.

GOCO Hospitality, based in Bangkok, Berlin, and soon Shanghai, has been responsible for some of the most iconic spa and wellness destination projects of recent times. With a scope of work that covers master planning, concept and brand development, operations and management, GOCO Hospitality is realizing large-scale wellness retreats in China, Germany, Georgia, Tanzania and India, and developing innovative spa facilities for The Ritz-Carlton, Mumbai, and Bellagio, Dubai, among others. Designed and developed by GOCO Hospitality, they currently manage an award-winning project THE SPA at Steinberger Frankfurter Hof, and will open their first GOCO-branded spa in December 2013 at Ajman Saray, a Starwood Luxury Collection property in the UAE, with another location following closely behind at JW Marriott Venice.

Going forward, a new entity, operating under the Horwath HTL – Health and Wellness specialty designation, will provide Market Research and Financial Feasibility Studies, Concept Development Services and Executive Recruitment services for hotel/resort and stand-alone spa and wellness facilities, as well as wellness destination hotels/resorts, while GOCO Hospitality will focus on development and operations providing Design, Technical, Pre-0pening, Training and Management services.

Industry veteran and CEO of GOCO Hospitality Ingo Schweder said, “We are really delighted about joining the Horwath HTL network. They have fantastic experts all over the globe and we have very complementary specialty services, but above all, they share our view of the industry. We truly believe the best way to be successful in this business is by developing lasting relationships, and we know that with Horwath HTL, we are part of a group that shares this approach.”

Robert Hecker, Chairman of Horwath HTL said, “GOCO Hospitality are a very well respected team with a great reputation for delivering exceptional results and we know they will be a tremendous asset to the Horwath HTL network. Their work will allow us to develop and offer new and quality Health and Wellness planning and development services that will be of interest and value to clients.”

About Horwath HTL
Horwath HTL (Hotels Tourism and Leisure) is one of the world’s pre-eminent consulting specialists in the hotel, tourism and leisure industries, providing unequalled experience and expertise for client projects around the world through a combination of detailed local knowledge and international understanding. Horwath HTL is currently the world’s largest consulting organisation specialised in hospitality, with over 50 offices in 39 countries.

Horwath HTL is a member of Crowe Horwath International, a professional association of accounting and management consulting firms founded in New York in 1915. Crowe Horwath International is currently ranked among the top ten international professional service groups with offices in close to 586 cities in 108 countries.

If you have any questions, please contact James Chappell, Global Marketing Director at jchappell@horwathhtl.com

About GOCO Hospitality

Founded in 2011 by industry visionary Ingo Schweder, GOCO Hospitality is a leading wellness hospitality development and management company that creates, innovates and operates tomorrow’s wellness hospitality concepts. Based in Bangkok, Berlin and soon Shanghai, GOCO Hospitality is working on 20 projects across 3 continents.

The company’s name GOCO combines two of the most important elements of the company: the acronym “GO” stands for traveling, movement, and energy, whereas “CO” is based on the word “community”. Similarly, its tagline “Wellness meets Wanderlust” highlights the merging of travel with the wellness dollar. Focusing on this industry space, GOCO Hospitality develops unique projects that are wellness-centric, reflect local cultures and strive to make a social impact in their community.

Recognized by the industry for their outstanding work, GOCO Hospitality won SpaChina’s ‘Best Spa Consultancy’ award in 2011 and 2012, and The Crystal Awards category of ‘Best Spa Consulting Company’ in 2011.

As CEO and founder of GOCO, Ingo Schweder brings more than 30 years of experience from the fields of spa and hospitality. Working with and managing some of the world’s most prestigious hotel groups Ingo has been involved with the design, development, and worldwide operation of iconic properties and spas. Under his guidance, Ananda in the Himalayas, the globally recognized destination spa, was established. During his tenure at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, he established 15 resort spas on four continents from the ground up – whose strong holistic roots are credited to him. He earlier was Group Director of Hotel Operations for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Managing Director of Rafael Group Hoteliers, Southeast Asia.

For more information contact Vanessa Stossel, Manager Marketing Communications and Concept Development on vstossel@horwathhtl.com

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