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Meeting with Olivier Harnisch, CEO of Emaar Hospitality

“The human factor remains paramount in hospitality and that will always make the difference” Olivier Harnisch talks about his extraordinary career in hospitality and gives advice to young graduates starting in the business.Olivier Harnisch left school at 16 and decided to wait until he was old enough to join the army at 18. He signed up for five years, but actually only stayed for two months.On the advice of a family member, he enrolled on a vocational course in hospitality at a Briançon technical college, and this was the starting point...

Meeting with Jennifer Boccara, Vice-President in charge of Worldhotels EMEA development

“It’s the details that make luxury hospitality what it is.” Jennifer Boccara is obviously a woman who likes a challenge! Nothing can stop her realising her projects. The more difficult the challenge, the more this forty-something wants to excel. “To attain the unattainable is a philosophy that fits me really well”, says the Belgian-born as she reflects upon her career.She started in hospitality quite by chance as her ambition was to become a history teacher, but she ended up graduating from the ICHEC Brus...

Meeting with Jean-Gabriel Pérès, former CEO of Kerzner International and Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts.

“I am deeply and passionately, a hotelier. It’s something that never goes away.” Jean-Gabriel Pérès looks back on his rich career and the core values ​​that have accompanied him during these years, and also provides key tips to young talents at the beginning of a career in hospitality.“I didn’t start out in the hotel business. I started selling planes and buying oil, and then one day, I joined Le Méridien group, and from then on, everything happened very quickly.”Indeed, he started out in the aeronautics industry,...

Meeting with Mr Tomás Feier, Managing Director, Disneyland Hotel

“Stay curious and try everything.” Tomás Feier offers key advice for starting a career in luxury hospitality, based on his own career path.For this German national, born in Tenerife and living in France now for more than 15 years, “the hotel business is in the family genes,” and from a very young age, he wanted to work in hospitality.Tomás graduated from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in 1991, and soon after he received an offer of employment from InterContinental in Spain....

Meeting with Richard Leuenberger, General Manager of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Through the milestones of his career, Mr. Leuenberger gives key advice for a successful start in luxury hospitality industry. “You get a lot of exposure in a very early stage.”After graduating from l’École hôtelière de Lausanne, Richard could have worked for the Four Seasons Hotel New York. But the tragic events of September 11, 2001 decided otherwise and he started his career in Paris in the Four Seasons Hotel George V as Floor Supervisor.“When you graduate you don't know anything yet” and for him “the first two years as Floor Supervisor was a very good experience”.Aft...


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