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Mr. Bergkvist

Jan Peter Bergkvist

Owner, SleepwellAB

Jan Peter "JP" Bergkvist has been active in the field of Sustainable Business at an executive level in the hospitality in industry since the early nineties. 15 years with Scandic with the last 9 years in an executive management position including 4 years with Hilton International in the role of Director of Environmental Sustainability.

In January 2009 Mr. Bergkvist stepped back from his position as Vice President Sustainable Business at Scandic to a role of senior advisor working in his own business SleepWell AB. In 2010 he published the book Sustainability in Practice - a fast guide for business leaders.

Since 2010 SleepWell is running the secretariat of Sweden Textile Water Initiative, stwi.se one of the largest public-private partnerships in Sweden. STWI is founded by the leading actors in the Swedish textile industry and supported by the government. The mission is to create guide lines for and promote sustainable water use for textile production in developing countries.

Mr Bergkvist is a director of the board of Ecolabelling Sweden (the Nordic Swan) and SIWI, Stockholm International Water Institute. He also serves as chairman of the Stockholm Water Prize Founders Council and Swedish Artists for the Environment. He is a member of the advisory panel of International Tourism Partnership in London, ITP.

Mr Bergkvist has recently started a new sustainability project in southern France. In a recently acquired medieval house he has begun a total restoration with only sustainable techniques and materials. Once the house is fully restored it will serve as a test laboratory for a sustainable B&B with the ambition to combine the latest sustainability practices from different corners of the world. The soft opening will commence during 2017.

Mr. Bergkvist can be contacted at 46-766-33-6868 or janpeter.bergkvist@sleepwell.nu

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.