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Mr. Favre

Eric Favre

Managing Director, The Alpina Gstaad

Eric Favre, a distinguished hotelier with 30 years of experience at luxury properties in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, is the Managing Director of The Alpina Gstaad, the first luxury hotel to open in the Swiss Alpine resort in 100 years. He was appointed to the position on October 1, 2013. Prior to joining The Alpina Gstaad, Mr. Favre was General Manager of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski in Africa. He spent ten years as General Manager of Le Mirador Kempinski in Le Mont Pelerin, Switzerland. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Director of the Hotel Management School Les Roches in Bluche, Crans Montana. Mr. Favre has held executive positions in such revered hotels as The Oriental in Bangkok and Al Khozama in Riyadh, a Leading Hotel of the World. A native of the Canton of Vaud, Mr. Favre graduated from the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne and later received a Diplome de Chef d'Entreprise de la Societe Suisse des Hoteliers. In 1998, Mr. Favre was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Training and Development from IMC in London. He speaks French, English and German. To stay in shape, Mr. Favre enjoys long distance running and has competed in seven marathons. On August 9, he plans to participate in the Glacier 3000 Run that begins in the village of Gstaad and climbs almost 6,400 feet to the Glacier and back. Mr. Favre will run the first - and most difficult - 13 miles.

Mr. Favre can be contacted at 41-033-888-9888 or efavre@thealpinagstaad.ch

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.