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Mr. Bottois

Olivier Bottois

Managing Director & COO, The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa

Olivier Bottois is managing director and chief operating officer of the 94-suite luxury resort The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa in Lake Placid, New York. A seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry with extensive management experience at luxury properties around the world, including 10 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Bottois oversees all resort operations and plays a key role in real estate sales and marketing for the private residence club. Under the stewardship of Bottois, The Whiteface Lodge, the Adirondack region's only luxury resort with a private residence club, has within its first two years of operation been lauded as a Robb Report "Best of the Best" for 2006, has appeared on Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 "Hot List," and has been awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award in the first year of operation, among other accolades. In addition, the resort has been branded one of The Leading Hotels of the World and was invited to join Virtuoso and The Kiwi Collection. A native of Normandy, France, Bottois brings a lifetime of luxury hospitality experience to his position: he grew up at the legendary Hotel George V in Paris, where his father was hotel manager. He moved to the United States in the late 1980s and has focused his career in the Lake Placid region since 2002. Prior to joining The Whiteface Lodge in 2005, Bottois served as chief executive officer and managing director of the JPO Group, where he oversaw the repositioning of Long Island"i? 1/2 s Oheka Castle Hotel as a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. He also served as general manager of the exclusive Lake Placid Lodge, a Relaise and Ch'teaux property that was named one of the top 10 resorts in the world by Departures under Bottois' leadership. During his tenure at Four Seasons, he worked at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta from 1997-2000 and at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Bottois also held posts at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago, The Ritz Hotel and the Presidential Palace in Paris, The Connaught in London, The Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg and the Peninsula in New York. Bottios is a graduate of the Ecole de Chambre de Commerce et 'Industrie in Paris and has completed management courses at Cornell University. He served as vice chancellor culinaire of the Atlanta chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Mr. Bottois can be contacted at 518-523-0520 or o.bottois@thewhitefacelodge.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.