Bell Orestes de Souza
Vice President & COO
Bell has over two decades of management experience in the travel industry, a flair for marketing and a strategic understanding of the business. He joined Mansour Travel Company in 1994. He was born halfway across the world in Bombay, India. From high-school to undergraduate studies to post-graduate work, he was educated in the best traditions of Jesuit education in Bombay and Los Angeles. Bell has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Bombay and a master’s degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is well-traveled in Asia, Europe and the Americas. His career spans a range of assignments in marketing, advertising, promotion and general management. In the ’70s, he served as Advertising Manager of a leading global hotel chain, Taj International Hotels, based in India; in the ’80s, he directed the marketing efforts of a major special interest publication and was general manager of an upscale boutique travel firm in Toluca Lake, California. Under his direction, Mansour Travel Company has instituted several innovative and customer-oriented business practices, including a company-wide commitment to state-of-the-art technology. He has assisted the company in building a cohesive and effective team of professionals directed at the highest levels of customer service in a changing travel marketplace.
Over the years Bell has also been on the advisory boards of various international luxury hotel groups.