Michael Greve has been one of the more active developers in the Caribbean during the last fifteen years. Today, he is leading the development of a new branded hotel project in Aruba and a new tourism project in Costa Rica.
He is a shareholder and developer of Falmouth, Jamaica, a $230 million partnership with Royal Caribbean and the Government of Jamaica; Banana Coast in Honduras, a $20 million project which opened in 2014; and Sugar Point, Barbados, a $180 million mixed-use development in partnership with the Government of Barbados. A testament to his high-quality endeavors, the Jamaica project was named World Travel Awards' 2011 Caribbean Development of the Year and Banana Coast received Porthole Magazine’s 2012’s Editor’s Choice Award New Destinations to Watch For.
Mr. Greve began his hospitality career in 1996 as Operations Analyst for Hilton’s Hawaii region, creating the annual business plan and serving on the development team at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the world’s largest non-gaming hotel. He then worked as a real estate development consultant for Lehman Brothers. Later, he joined Royal Caribbean Cruises, where he led capital planning and investments in Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Belize, St. Thomas and Mexico. These projects marked the beginning of a regional specialty in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In 2001, Mr. Greve formed Global Destinations Development, LLC. From 2001 to 2010, Global was a consultant for the region’s most important players, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean International, Ernst & Young Hospitality Division, Hilton Hotels, The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Government of Aruba, The Government of The Bahamas, and private equity. During that time, Mr. Greve expanded his relationships and reach into the most sought-after markets — Aruba, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Antigua and Barbados, and contributed to projects valued at several hundred million dollars. Today, Global is working as a principal developer in the region.
Mr. Greve has been a speaker at the Organization of American States (OAS), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and gave the keynote speech at the 2009 Caribbean Tourism Organization Board of Directors and Council of Ministers meeting. He received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management; BS from Florida State University; and speaks Japanese and Spanish.