Karin van den Hemel
From the Netherlands, Karin has lived in the South of Europe with her husband Barre de Groot, (a renowned massage therapist), and their two daughters, Naomi and Sasha, for over 30 years.
Karin arrived in Portugal in 1989 and then moved to Marbella in 1995 to open up the Vacation club in Europe for Marriott inc. She moved back to Portugal in 2011 due to her passion for the country, especially for the Algarve.
Karin has always worked for international market hospitality leaders such as Four Seasons QDL, McInerney, Marriott and Starwood. She is a multi-cultural and dynamic leader with over 20 years of senior sales and marketing management experience in the Real Estate and hospitality industry, with a proven track record in budgeting, target achievement and opening new and/or repositioning of businesses.Involved in all facets of the leisure industry such as branded hotel & real estate, freehold and mix use properties, Karin has opened up new distribution channels in China and the Far East, Middle East as well as within Europe in traditional and new markets.