Meet our team

Cascading Waterfall, Rocky Mountain National Park

Hans Desai, CHA
Vice President

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Hans Desai, CHA, joined Xanterra Parks & Resorts in October 2004. His responsibilities include sourcing new business, due diligence and transition of newly acquired assets. Desai also provides executive oversight of Windstar Cruises, the world’s leading boutique cruise line, which was acquired by Xanterra in May 2011 and Vermont Bicycling and Walking Vacations, originally known as Vermont Bicycle Touring (VBT) acquired in February, 2013. VBT offers deluxe, small-group bicycling, walking, river barge and cross-country skiing tours worldwide with destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, Peru, Argentina, Canada and the U.S.

Desai brings more than 25 years of hotel management experience to his position. As Chief Operating Officer for HVS Hotel Management, he had oversight responsibilities for the operations of more than 45 lodging facilities throughout the United States. Desai’s experience also includes executive positions with Fairmont Hotels, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Sheraton Hotels.

A graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business, Desai serves on the executive board of The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association. He has received accreditation as a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and has served as vice president of the Metro Denver Hotel Association.