John Martin is the CEO and creator of Martin’s Hotels in Belgium. In 1934, his grandfather signed an exclusive licence with Schweppes for Benelux and France. In Belgium bottling started at the 'Castle Schweppes' in Genval and the world-famous Indian Tonic made it's imprint on Europe. John also continued the brewing family business as well as importing Guinness.
Nearly half a century on, in 1980, John had the visionary idea of converting Castle Schweppes into a 5-star hotel hosting a conference centre, the Château du Lac. The Martin's Hotels group was born. Highly acclaimed, the group now runs fourteen hotels and Patershof,a church in Mechelen, is listed as one of the top ten exceptional hotels of the world by a leading booking company. Martin's also run the Red hotel in Tubize where the Red Devil football team practice.
John’s philanthropic interests reach a global audience with support given to En Avant Les Enfants in Congo, the Face charity in Cairo and many others.
Through their 15 year patronage of the Musica Mundi courses and festival, John Martin and his team were awarded the Caius Culture SME Award 2012. He is also founder of the Musica Mundi music school in Waterloo which recently opened. It is a Steinway school and has Cambridge certification.
John has always been a great admirer and defender of nature and a keen supporter of Jane Goodall 's Roots and Shoots. He and all his staff strive every day in each of Martin's Hotels to protect the environment and reduce the carbon footprint of each action. Martin's Hotels is the only European hotel group to have received the most demanding "EMAS" certification in European environmental standards. It also won first place as EMA's company of the year.
John's son runs 'Champels' active in the creation of hotels.