Steven H. Holt, Chief Travel and Luxury Officer, is a luxury branding and hospitality executive with more than 20 years of public relations, marketing and media strategy experience. He previously served as a senior executive with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where he directed public relations, marketing and communications for its Bachelor Gulch resort, one of the flagship properties of the hotel collection. While there, he developed and executed national media for the relaunch of its signature restaurant as Spago by the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group.
From there he was the key media leader for the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and its Manzanita restaurant, created by celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins. Following the opening, Holt relocated to San Francisco where he directed media relations for three Northern California Ritz-Carlton Hotels. Moving to Los Angeles in 2013, he took over media strategy for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Hawaii and Colorado while also executing the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.
Holt was later promoted to Regional Director, Public Relations, The Americas where he directed media strategy for 49 hotels in North and South America and was part of the team that created the Social Media Influencer strategy. Holt departed The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to launch his on-going consultancy, Steven Holt Communications and joins 360bespoke as Partner and Chief Luxury and Travel officer based in Beverly Hills, California.
My definition of heaven is ... Tortilla soup at The Little Nell, Aspen.
One thing I never leave home without … My iPhone.
First thing I read in the morning is … LA Times, NY Times, WSJ.
Favorite travel accessory … Tumi briefcase for computer, it's never far from me.
My personal style is … Modern, chic.
Favorite designer is … John Varvatos for ready to wear, Prada, Hugo Boss for suits.
Ski or après ski? … Ski, though Apres is fun too
Favorite scent and the memory it triggers ... Lemon Verbena and Carvin fragrance, it reminds me of my life.
Favorite drink … Vodka Martini and champagne of course, Vueve or Krug.
The best meal I’ve ever had … 14 course tasting menu with wine pairing at Meadowood in Napa by Chef Chris Kostow.
When I go to a five star hotel, the first thing I do is ... Unpack and plug in my devices.
Personal motto … Live every day.
The best book I’ve ever read is … Menus at Chez Panisse by Alice Waters.
My favorite movie quote … I am going back to Miranda Priestly: “Did you fall down and smack your head on the pavement.”
Best thing to do on a rainy Saturday night … Order Thai food delivery.
My guiltiest guilty pleasure is … Taking a bath, putting a robe on in a five star hotel and climbing into a 500+ thread count bed and sheets in my robe.